Results for - On the 20th. anniversary of 9-11 and with many questions still unanswered about it have we done enough to prevent a conflict from ever again escalating to this level?

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When it comes to war we rarely benefit from hindsight - or learn from our mistakes. Some are suggesting that the war in Afghanistan is similar to the war in Vietnam. Depending on how one measures this, it is inevitable that some conclusions will be drawn but in terms of human and monetary cost, Vietnam is not the worst conflict the USA has had to endure. The war in Vietnam cost the United States $843.63 billion in 2019 dollars. By the end of the conflict, the names of more than 58,000 dead were recorded on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. In human cost the Civil War is by far the worst at 750,000 deaths (North and South) with many of them from poor medical care after being injured. Neither conflict it in the top 3 costliest US wars however.

1. In 3rd place Afghanistan: The U.S. government has never provided a full accounting of the costs of its war in Afghanistan but researchers at Brown University estimate that the U.S. has spent over $1.0 trillion on the war stemming from the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. On May 2, 2011 we are told - In the early morning hours, a small group of US Forces raided a walled and fortified compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. In the ensuing firefight, Osama bin Laden and four others died. DNA samples were taken before his body was buried at sea. The war continued in Afghanistan for another 10 years. This war however is only in 3rd place in the list of costliest wars. Did the USA and its allies achieve an objective that could justify the human (2,300 US deaths) and monetary cost? Did it win the war?

The war in Afghanistan was justified and the objectives were met.
13%
295 votes
The war in Afghanistan was not justified and there were no meaningful objectives.
44%
1,001 votes
The war in Afghanistan was unavoidable and regardless of the cost it had to be done.
35%
799 votes
Other (please specify)
9%
205 votes
How did 9-11 impact you?
  • Restricted my freedoms
  • Tl,dr
  • Very bad and very sad and will NEVER ever forget NO American should but sadly too many have!! There needs to be MORE Justice in this world & especially for that and many other things, just like in the white House all the corruption going on right now!!

2. In 2nd place The Iraq War The conflict in Iraq has cost the United States about $1 trillion. Believing he had weapons of mass destruction, U.S. troops invaded Iraq in 2003 and overthrew Saddam Hussein. The U.S. government considers elections in Iraq, as well as training military personnel to help stabilize the region, as successes. Even so, the country continues to be marred by conflict and terror. This war however is only in 2nd place in the list of costliest wars. Did the USA and its allies achieve an objective that could justify the human (4,410 US deaths) and monetary cost? Did it win the war?

The war in Iraq was justified and the objectives were met.
12%
278 votes
The war in Iraq was not justified and there were no meaningful objectives.
40%
928 votes
The war in Iraq was unavoidable and regardless of the cost it had to be done.
24%
562 votes
Other (please specify)
3%
58 votes
Not Applicable
21%
474 votes
How did the Iraq conflict impact you?
  • It caused an argument between me and my Palestinian hair dresser when Scuds were fired at Israel
  • Loss of lives.
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3. The undisputed champion World War II is in first place in the top 3 costliest wars. The United States spent more than $4 trillion, or 36% of its GDP, fighting World War II. More than 400,000 U.S. troops were killed in the conflict to defeat Nazi Germany, Italy, and the Japanese Empire. U.S. involvement officially began on Dec. 8, 1941, the day after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. America officially declared war against Germany and Italy three days later, after Germany and Italy had declared war on the United States. The European war ended in May 1945, and Japan surrendered after the United States dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August of that year. Did the USA and its allies achieve an objective that could justify the human (400,000 US deaths) and monetary cost?

WWII was justified and all objectives were met.
34%
780 votes
WWII was not justified and there were no meaningful objectives.
12%
281 votes
WWII was unavoidable and regardless of the cost it had to be done.
29%
672 votes
Other (please specify)
2%
46 votes
Not Applicable
23%
521 votes
How did WWII impact you?
  • It wrecked the UK economy and gave the English a false sense of superiority.
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4. Given that our past enemies usually end up being friends and these wars were started by politicians who rarely if ever put their own lives at risk, can any wars ever be justified? Should the politicians who start a war be the first to be sent to the front lines?

No war can ever be justified and the politicians who start a war should be the first to be sent to the front lines.
18%
424 votes
Some wars can be justified and the politicians who start a war should be the first to be sent to the front lines.
26%
607 votes
Some wars can be justified,
30%
699 votes
Other (please specify)
2%
36 votes
Not Applicable
23%
534 votes
Is it possible to "Say no to war"?
  • No but if we start a war we must give our troops the power to finish it.
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  • No absolutely NOT sometimes!!
09/19/2021 Politics 2349 75 By: DavKar
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