March 17th, 2013
02:50 PM ET
10 years ago

VIDEO: Ten years later: Iraq War a success?

(CNN) - On CNN's "State of the Union," Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, discuss their military service and the Iraq War's impact.

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  1. RomneyWho

    Trying to rewrite history are you . . . Who are you people,? Not a success story. Let's see, illegal war based on an absolute lie, claimed more soldiers lives when it was declared over, than the actual fighting. Money stolen from the American people coffers and wasted to pay for illegal invasion so that the money grubbing greedy oil guys can line the fat pockets. 🙁

    March 17, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  2. Zapped

    It kept the defense industries, working around the clock. It kept the stockholders of said industries, in dividends and capital gains. To most republicans it mattered that the herd was thinned out a little. Keeps the money handy for the wealthy to get their hands on, not the poor. It kept the news agencies working around the clock. It's allowed another aspect that many don't notice, until it's too late. The public (your attention), has been focused in one direction, while various hands have been picking your pockets from the other direction. Laws have been passed, taking away your freedoms, under the guise of national security. Remember: You are restricted to the amount of shampoo you can take on a plane, but now people can carry on various sharp objects including pocket knives. What a country. No sense at all.

    March 17, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  3. Jerubbaal

    All that the neocons did was allow Iran to place Iraq into their sphere of influence. I guess in that regards, it was a success – for Iran that is. They no longer have to concern themselves with their longstanding counterweight – Iraq.

    March 17, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    Of course not.

    Does anyone recognize why? Probably not......because they refuse to admit the truth. America cannot tell other countries what kind of government they should have.........they have to determine that for themselves...........and the bottom line is, Iraq is an Islamic country, and Islam is going to run it or NOT!

    March 17, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  5. steve

    Success = Absolute Failure

    March 17, 2013 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  6. aaron

    150,000 innocent people killed.

    yeah, if that's your idea of success, then i sure don't want to see what you think is failure.

    we invaded a sovereign nation that had not attacked us that was under incredibly strict sanctions and that we knew beyond any shadow of a doubt had no serious capability to cause harm to anyone. we handed al-quaeda a fantastic recruiting tool. we provided al-quaeda with a training facility. we alienated 2 generations of arabs. we spent billions of dollars and lost 1000s of our own people, and dont forget the tens fo thousands of wounded.

    we lost credibility in the eyes of the world, and that DOES matter. we made a mockery of the honor that our ancestors stood for in WW1 and WW2.

    it was a stupid mistake, an evil action, and it did less than nothing to improve our security situation. the iraq war reduced our national security.

    March 17, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  7. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    Not, and thank the gop ,bush ,rove and cheny and rumsfeld , the garbage of America !!!!!

    March 17, 2013 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  8. Chipster

    Success? Have we redefined success and I missed it? It cost us a fortune to inflict so much damage on a Iraq in a War based on lies. Did anyone believe Cheney/Rumsfeld's garbage about being greeted as liberators and paying for the war with money from Iraq's oil? Only a fool believed that. Look at the U.S. and Iraqi lives lost! And we never did repair all of the damage to the infrastructure. This sorry war is a dark moment in our history. Saddam Hussein was a secular leader who would never, ever have risked losing control of Iraq to a religious zealot like Bin Laden. Shame on us for allowing this disaster. Shame on us.

    March 17, 2013 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  9. Gurgyl

    Wars broke this nation to ground level.

    March 17, 2013 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  10. MaryM

    War is Never a success. Unfortunately, until humans evolve, we will have war. (that is if we don't kill everyone first)

    March 17, 2013 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  11. Larry L

    @Rick McDaniel

    Of course not.

    Does anyone recognize why? Probably not......because they refuse to admit the truth. America cannot tell other countries what kind of government they should have.........they have to determine that for themselves
    Even "W" and Uncle Dick weren't trying very hard to convince America that they started the war (with falsifed intelligence data) because we were so concerned about Iraq's form of government. If they cared about those things we'd attack Saudi. "W" wnated to prove something to daddy and Uncle Dick wanted cheap oil and great profits for Haliburton. Everybody got what they wanted except the families of the 4,500 dead Service-members and the people of Iraq – one of the few nations in the region NOT associated with 9/11.

    March 17, 2013 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    If we hadn't gone into Iraq, we'd have the people and equipment to deal with Afghanistan properly. We'd also have a counter point to Iran as distateful as Saddam was. If people had bothered to look at the make up of Iraq, then they'd know that the differences between Sunni & Shia would have to have been settled first before peace could be established. Some complete fools rammed this idea so quickly to the American people that we didn't really have time to think about it.

    March 17, 2013 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  13. Praveen Gupta

    Based on why i hear, Rep Cotton is speaking the rhetoric more as a belief rather than facts. The question really is this: We destroyed Iraq. If the tyrant killed/gassed 3000 people, we did an order or two more deaths and damage. U.S. alone, we have about 0,000 people injured and disabled, money is dried out in our schools and colleges. I seeing a photo of recent graduate, deployed in Iraq, lost both arms and legs. Ask here is the war is worth it. I worry about our war injured and disabled veterans.... was war worth it? If we could answer the following two questions, we would know the answer:

    Is Iraq doing better or worse now than it was before we sent our solders to Iraq?
    Is USA doing better or worse now than it was before the war?

    I tend to agree more with Rep. Gabbard than with Rep. Cotton in finding answers more objectively and factually.

    Irrespective of their answers, we honor their services and sacrifice for our country.

    I would love to hear answers with facts, not with beliefs or in future terms.

    March 17, 2013 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  14. g

    if you look a cheney,s bank account -yes mission accomplished

    March 17, 2013 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |