It’s no longer a point of argument that the Iraq war cost America plenty in terms of a human toll, financial costs, and sociopolitical cost, and most importantly, had a negative impact on our standing in the world. Many even believe that we lost our authoritative title as the voice of the free world. I would therefore like us to briefly look at how the war in Iraq continues to affect us as a country.
Here are 3 major ways the war in Iraq continues to affect America.
1 The financial costs keep mounting
In as much as the government withdrew the US military from Iraq, we continue to finance the rebuilding of the Iraqi military and recently we saw these billions of dollars go down the drain as the US and other coalition forces had to destroy military hardware taken over by ISIS which America had procured for the Iraqi military just a few months earlier.
2 An unending refugee crisis
Whereas America has had the benefit of having a large mass of water in the name of the Atlantic ocean separating it from Europe and by extension the influx of refugees escaping the wars in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen and so on, this still hasn’t spared America the responsibility of taking in its share of refugees as her other NATO counterparts in Europe.
As long as the battles in Iraq and the broader middle-east continue, the refugee crisis will be unending.
3 America has dropped the ball in the middle-east
America became too focused in Iraq, fighting the Iraq war and later pushing out ISIS and this focus led to America dropping the ball in the middle-east region. The chaos that have since followed in Syria, Yemen, Lebanon, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Iran are just a clear indicator of what dropping the ball has led to.
It’s about time America recalibrated and put its house in order by finally figuring out how to get out of Iraq and get our permanently.