Guest Column: ‘Cost of the Iraq War’: Look at the other side of the coin

In regard to the article “Cost of the Iraq War: 3,699 U.S. military deaths, $450 billion,” by Brandon Reid [Aug. 15-21, 2007, issue of The Rock River Times], it looks like Brandon did his homework researching on the statistics of how the Congress is spending your money. Good work, Brandon.

Now, let’s look at the other side of the coin. In his article, it states that we invaded Iraq, stating the U.S. government’s claim there were weapons of mass destruction, which turned out that most or hardly any were found. I say this pessimistically because of shells of mustard gas that were found by intelligence in Iraq.

Even so, what if none were found? Do you believe for one minute that Saddam Hussein wouldn’t have started his arsenal as soon as we let our guard down? Think about it—how he gassed his own people, how his brothers raped newlywed brides, how he threw his own countrymen off seven-story buildings.

Yes, terrorism is not a pretty picture. It’s sad when I hear in the drive-by media and to have them put a price tag on freedom and to the brave men and women who are fighting to protect us—as said in the Constitution of the United States—our liberties and our pursuit to happiness. What’s left if we give these rights up?

Let’s look at the real villians who are raping our tax dollars—and there are many. Such as the “sleeper” government agency, such as the National Endowment for the Arts that let a no-talent “artist” pee in a jar, submerge a crucifix in the urine, take a photo of it and call it “art.” A check was written for 15,000 of your tax dollars to pay this derelict for his efforts. (Reference Vince Morris, “High Court Ruling Hits Dirty Art,” New York Post, June 26, 1998)

Or the state and federal monies that were allotted to the state of Minnesota. Where did it go? Instead of building infrastructure to improve bridges, it went to ballparks. A perfect example is in our own city—bad roads, a bridge (Morgan Street) that is about to fall into the Rock River, crime prevention, and the list goes on.

So my point is, when you take an idealist view on how we protect our country against people who are trying to kill us and weigh this with the almighty dollar, look at the other side of the coin.

Dan Genovese is a Rockford resident.

from the Aug. 29-Sept. 4, 2007, issue

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