Certainly, it would have been a lot cheaper to pay Saddam a couple billion to be our buddy than to spend a decade of military action overseas, right? Bush sure was dumb.
No it wouldn't have. W taking out Saddam was as much a message to the rest of the ME not to f*ck with W which saved the US consumer billions in revenue. You know these high gas prices we're seeing now are a result of Obama's limp d*cked efforts in the ME don't you?
To be fair oil and gas prices are merely returning to the pre recession levels. That had steadily climbed since the Iraq War began. Mostly because Wars generally drive oil prices up, especially Wars the the US is part of. But I suppose that a 700billion (conservative estimate as it is based on this from Sept 2010) is a real money saver. http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/RL33110.pdf
Lets not also forget Afghanistan which rounds the total to about 1.3 trillion dollars, and climbing. But I suppose saving billions, while at the same time spending hundreds of billions down the road is a great economic service to ones nation. Not to mention said foreign policy hurt relations with long time allies France and Germany as well as several other nations. Not to mention many nations in the mid-east who felt this was a muslim head hunt, which of course wasn't helped any when bush said God told him to invade Iraq. http://www.unknownnews.net/insanity7.html
"God told me to strike at al Qaeda and I struck them, and then he instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did, and now I am determined to solve the problem in the Middle East."
—George W. Bush
Id say in the past 3 months Obama has done more for middle east democracy and freedom than any president has in the last 20 years (since the Camp David Accord between Israel and Egypt). This was achieved by mostly keeping the big US nose out of things, unless asked for by the nations in the region, which happened to be what happened prior to this coalition against Libya formed. Not only did Libyans ask for help from the West, but other Arab nations such as the UAE, asked for assistance in implementing this No Fly zone.
So really I don't understand the gripe? Do you hate freedom? Support a war that apparently God decided upon, and then have the Gall to claim said war saved the American people money.
I really wish I saw the world in such a warped view that you do, it must be utterly fascinating to see reality skewed in such a blur of hilarity and misinformation. Edited, Apr 7th 2011 2:39pm by rdmcandie