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February 26, 2009 at 5:21 PM

War in Iraq

Military spending mounts, economy sinks

Congress has approved more than $657 billion so far for the Iraq war, and the country wonders why we are in a recession?

According to nationalpriorities.org, over 40 percent of our income-tax dollars in 2007 went to military spending. Instead of sending 40 percent of our tax dollars and $657 billion to a war that was not even supposed to be and to foreign aid, the government should think about using this money to get our country out of the current economic crisis.

The war in Iraq has become a problem that seems, at this point, unsolvable. If we pull out now, Iraq will be left in chaos. The U.S. is to blame for the current political unrest in Iraq. It is our responsibility to fix this.

At the same time the U.S. is involved in a war that it shouldn’t be involved in to begin with, we are wasting time, money and focus that should be used on internal problems in this country.

Whatever the U.S. decides to do seems like it is going to be the wrong decision.

I believe the best thing the U.S. can do is cut the money being sent to Iraq in half. Rather than focusing on sending the military aid and weapons, the U.S. should focus on helping to restore some type of functioning government that best suits the beliefs and the people of Iraq, not of the U.S.

The plan Obama has put together, in regard to pulling out troops, sounds decent as of now. However, he should also try to put a social and political plan together.

If the current political state of Iraq does not improve, there is no way the U.S. is going to be able to pull out of this war.

— Laila Alasmar, Methuen, Mass.

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