Why can't people realize how much we can't afford these wars right now?
I'm not sure how much the Iraqi people benefited when you consider that 650,000 - 1,000,000+ of them have died due to the invasion, occupation, civil war and related violence. Several million Iraqis (Many of whom had tenous connections to the old Ba'ath Party) have become political refugees as well. The rates of Leukemia, Bone cancer and other rare cancers have exploded in Iraq in the past ten year, due to the use OF "Depleted" uranium munitions by The occupying forces. By contrast, only 4,704 of the occupiers have died in the conflict. As an added Bonus five western Companies have now secured a deal with the new Iraqi Government on the future of Iraq's Oil production. So I think Its fair to say that the Occupiers have benefitted more the Occupied.