Baghdad wants U.S. to pay $1 billion for damage to city

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PDenoli wrote:

That seems like a reasonable request. Let’s deduct that billion in fines from the debt owed for liberating them from a dictator they allegedly despised. After that adjustment, let’s say the city of Baghdad only owes us 199 billion, and we should allow them to pay in installments.

Feb 17, 2011 10:05am EST  --  Report as abuse
FLirishPM1959 wrote:

Let me guess…that $1 billion will somehow make it into the bank account of Maliki and some of the other islamic “leaders” in the Iraqi government. This guy certainly has looked at the example set by the moocher class here in America who only want “what’s coming to them” off the backs of the productive taxpayer. Nothing like a little “redistribution” of wealth because after all, as Barry said, “at some point, you’ve made enough money”……

Feb 17, 2011 10:11am EST  --  Report as abuse
Jack49 wrote:

I would think that we can agree that we owe the city of Bagdad one billion dollars for repairs. We’ll just take that off their bill of $500 billion for the new infrastructure that we GAVE them and for ridding them of an evil dictator. That means they only owe us 499 billion dollars.

Feb 17, 2011 10:19am EST  --  Report as abuse
Ursus wrote:

I would say have US contractors do the repairs with US machinery and as many Americans as possible with all $$ monitored by Americans, with a maximum of 250 million dollars. Pull the troops protecting this regime off station to protect our contractors. If that works, help them more, and they need to help us with discounted oil as a quid pro quo.

Fair enough, they didn’t ask for the invasion, and were Hussein’s victims, but trusting these corrupt gangsters with a billion dollars would be insanely naive. It would just line their pockets. Graft and corruption is a cultural inheritance and a human failing.

We don’t seem to realize that these are our bad boys, but they are still bad boys. We held their three cultures into one country for them and enabled them to achieve power.

Feb 17, 2011 10:54am EST  --  Report as abuse
Celtic67 wrote:

Ok, as soon as we collect from the wrongful death lawsuits for our servicemen and women that were killed making it possible for Iraqi’s to live in a society where they even have the freedom to sue someone.

Feb 17, 2011 10:59am EST  --  Report as abuse
happydance wrote:

They need to pay us 10 billion for rescuing them from tyranny.

Feb 17, 2011 11:05am EST  --  Report as abuse
ErnestPayne wrote:

Good for Baghdad. Lets hope they start to bleed america dry for the damage. Apparently the commenters (so far) don’t have a clue. No doubt they will be gung ho for the next american misadventure. They have learned nothing from the fiasco.

Feb 17, 2011 11:10am EST  --  Report as abuse
Thomas1953 wrote:

We need to pack up and come home. They have the oil they can sell to do any repairs they want. And what about the money they still owe Kuwait? Pack it up, come on home and let them stand or fall as they wish.

Feb 17, 2011 11:14am EST  --  Report as abuse
shearwater wrote:

We should charge them for Saddam Hussein’s mayhem for the last twenty years as well as the cost of finding him and bringing him before Iraqi justice. They have the oil and we are broke . . . so there you have it.

Feb 17, 2011 11:15am EST  --  Report as abuse
Odiealan wrote:

Excellent idea. We re-build and Iraq resurrects the bodies of all US men and women who died. Simple. We get our military back. Iraq gets brick and mortar back. Fair is fair.

Feb 17, 2011 11:24am EST  --  Report as abuse
ovid wrote:

its seems fair to me if they agree to pay back 1% of the money was spent to set them free

Feb 17, 2011 11:27am EST  --  Report as abuse
mickemoomoo wrote:

Compared to the hundreds of billions spent on destroying Iraq, this is peanuts. US with a contribution from all other involved countries should pay the full cost of re-building Iraq to pre-invasion standards.

Feb 17, 2011 11:29am EST  --  Report as abuse
greenknight wrote:

Then Baghdad can pay us a trillion or two or three to cover the removal of Saddam Hussein and 500 tons of yellowcake. They can pay us for the lives cost in the process. They can pay us for saving countless lives. They can apologize for their insurgents and radical islamists. War isn’t pretty, and it certainly can’t be this PC thing that the left wants it to be. Defensive measures and fortifications are necessary, and there isn’t always time to make them pretty. If they want them removed before the radicals are rooted out, they need to be ready for the consequences.

Feb 17, 2011 11:31am EST  --  Report as abuse
billybob1 wrote:

I still don’t have a clear answer as to why we went in there in the first place and why we continue to stay there, having built in the Green Zone the biggest embassy on Earth. I imagine it was about getting our hands on their oil, as I understand the Texas-based oil company, Hunt, did very early into the war. If that was the main reason for going there, I think we should rebuild their city. Colin Powell today is more than a little upset about his being lied to about WMD being in Iraq — and WMD used as a pretext for our invasion. I don’t blame him. “If we break it, we bought it.” For anyone who thinks all the deaths and maimed bodies were worth it just to get Saddam, I think we now have an obligation to topple all other dictators (sarcasm).

Feb 17, 2011 11:36am EST  --  Report as abuse
r-turo wrote:

Yellow Cake, I like that. I’m still laughing and thinking of Chappelle. Isn’t Haliburton over there spending US Taxpayers money rebuilding. And aren’t the people who supposedly run Iraq now just puppets the US Gov’t. put into power to make it look good. You know, like Hamid Karzai??

Feb 17, 2011 12:02pm EST  --  Report as abuse
RedPepper2 wrote:

The blast walls were constructed to prevent American military loses due to enemy attacks. I would suggest that if the Iraq government wants compensation for irresponsible hehavior they should send their requests for payment to the Iraqi insurgents. They must not read the news that the US of A is broke, busted and short of money.

Feb 17, 2011 12:04pm EST  --  Report as abuse
rrm wrote:

Okay, just send us the trillion or so we deserve for cleaning up your mess and giving you and your kids a chance at freedom. PS., if you blow it, there are no refunds.

Feb 17, 2011 12:25pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ConstFundie wrote:

The Bush admin got us into the war because it seemed a win (times at least 6), situation. Our good oil friends (Saudis, Kuwaitis, etc) and our leaders were very worried, for good reason, about Iraq invading them. Having one of the greatest armies in the middle east, Saddam figured why not take it. That instability would result in huge losses in US and US-corporate interests, and direct price increases for virtually everything in the US.

So it’s a no-brainer. Taking out Iraq leads to 1) Improved relations and influence with the rich oil countries, 2) Reduced instability threatening oil prices (via invasion and or use of WMD), 3)Access to even more oil resources in Iraq, 4) Improved income for leadership darling companies, 5) Testing and actual use of a military that we spend the vast majority of our national budget on (finally, a justification and return on the investment), and 6) possibly a reduced threat of WMDs hitting the US.

Just too good to pass up.

Feb 17, 2011 12:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse
old70sguy wrote:

How about we(the USA) send them a bill for 1 Trillion for liberating their country and we will assess it against their oil exports. A great way to balance the Us budget deficit ! they have a lot of nerve even bringing up the subject.

Feb 17, 2011 12:58pm EST  --  Report as abuse
douglynn wrote:

I totally agree. We should pay the Iraq government $1 billion for damage to the city right after they pay us $1 trillion for saving them from Sadam.

Feb 17, 2011 1:04pm EST  --  Report as abuse
lhathaway wrote:

From the looks of what is happening in the Middle East now, all we had to do was wait ten years, and he would’ve been toppled by his own people.

Growing up during the civil rights movement in the South, the new technology then, television, made the difference in the struggle for reform, as now, the new technology will make the difference in the Middle East. If it had not been for those images flashed across the nation of the way blacks were treated back then, no changes would’ve occurred. If Facebook and Twitter serve no other purpose than to help these oppressed people in their fight for freedom and basic human rights, then they will still be huge successes.

Feb 17, 2011 1:06pm EST  --  Report as abuse
RandomName2nd wrote:

For you commentators calling for Iraq to pay the US for “freeing” them from Saddam, you do realize that it was the CIA that installed him there in the first place? Of course you don’t.
Don’t worry yourselves. I’m pretty sure average Iraq citizens won’t receive a red cent from the US for the betterment of their lives. You can be sure that all the money spent their will go to US contractors and slush funds to prop up the newly installed puppet regime to keep the oil flowing.

Feb 17, 2011 1:09pm EST  --  Report as abuse
americano wrote:

$1 Billion is not enough! Who in the hell said Iraqi want US to come in Iraq to liberate them? You Americans destroyed families in Iraq, not only hundreds but millions!

Feb 17, 2011 1:09pm EST  --  Report as abuse
DeadeyeDave wrote:

Just as soon as we get some of that free oil to pay for the war we can pay the city of Baghdad

Feb 17, 2011 1:19pm EST  --  Report as abuse
wizone wrote:

The war is over! Bring the troops home and let Iraq fund its own security. We can’t be the policemen to the world anymore. As John Boehner said “We’re broke”. Let’s bring the boys home and save the money.

Feb 17, 2011 1:28pm EST  --  Report as abuse
thoutz wrote:

They were never asked to be “liberated”, your government made up some lies to start a war, then stole around 20 billion in Government funds, handing it out in cash to which ever cowboy contractor made it over there, without accounting for any of it. Watch Iraq’s missing billions the scene where a father takes his dead baby home in a box because the hospital didn’t have an incubator, even tho American contractors had been given millions to rebuild and restock the hospital was the hardest thing to watch I’ve ever seen.

They should be asking for the 20 billion back, not 1 billion.

Feb 17, 2011 1:50pm EST  --  Report as abuse
abdus wrote:

Asking Iraq to pay for their “liberation” is yet another ridiculous wrinkle in US history. I guess the native americans should be thanking us also. Oh, that’s right they are thanking us by “agreeing” to live a dust bowl we convinced them was fertile land. I sure hope no one does us any favors like that. I wonder how some of us would feel about this if we were placed in their situation. Just the right amount of corruption here in the good ole US.

Feb 17, 2011 2:03pm EST  --  Report as abuse
alice946 wrote:

At first I was furious when I read this. Then, after reading the comments I can see a lot of logic to this. Absolutely, let’s pay the $1 Billion for all the damage we did. I’m actually feeling very generous, let’s make it $2, in case they underestimated. Then deduct that from the Billions they owe us. Don’t forget, we need to charge them for all the lost lives they have caused too. What do you get in court these days, about $1 million for a young man’s life? Let’s just charge them that for every soldier that died freeing them, keeping the peace, training them, etc.

Feb 17, 2011 2:04pm EST  --  Report as abuse
rocketboy wrote:

At one time, Iraq was to payback campaign costs with oil revenue. This of course never happened and now they are demanding $1B while contributing to the price gouging of oil to the US? Seriously, instead of whining for retribution, count your stars that you have your freedom and take some responsibility. Start spending oil revenues on rebuilding your city instead of continuing to look for a handout.

Feb 17, 2011 2:05pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jaffar wrote:

I am not surpriesed one bit. We have done the job we were asked to do and now we have been asked to leave. And by the way, please leave your money here as you depart. Lets allow this wealthy arab oil state the opportunity to improve their own cities and avoid any further urges we might have to save these people from the forces that would stone them and their children for any normal human behavior.

Feb 17, 2011 2:10pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Travis58 wrote:

If the Iraqi people want $1 billion dollars, lets just send them to world bank or the IMF so they can take out a loan for the amount like we have coerced many other nations to do. That way, when they can’t even afford to pay the interest on the loan, we will be able to make them do whatever we want.
Or we could just be generous and give them the money, we might even be shocked by how opinions of America change in Iraq and the Middle East once they see we actually care enough to give back, not just take. Lets face it, the war did not serve Iraq only, it was not a charitable act on our part, we gained from it as well. We had our own interests in the war and recieved most of them. By giving this money to the people we might actually gain some REAL support and some REAL allies in the region. Well worth it if you ask me.

Feb 17, 2011 2:30pm EST  --  Report as abuse
MannieP wrote:

Call up Boeing and have them restart the B-17 line. We’ll show them what damage to their city is.

Feb 17, 2011 2:42pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Trooth wrote:

After taking one of the worst genocidal dictators down people still believe he should be in power? He killed over ten times the ammount of people that milosevic killed, yet taking milosevic out was the right thing to do, but hussein should still be in power. In my opinion we needed to take them both out, but im not a partisan cheerleader.

We should with the clean up of them damage. That has to kill morale in the city. Take the billion from our economic aid to Egypt or Saudi Arabia or Palestinians and put it here where it is actually called for.

Feb 17, 2011 2:46pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Trooth wrote:

Wikileaks has documentation of WMDs found in Iraq. I wonder why that never hit the news? Don’t believe me? Go look for yourself.

Feb 17, 2011 2:48pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Mike2grr wrote:

You got oil to sell and our Country won’t allow us to drill for our own oil. So drill for the oil, ship it out, and sell it to the USA. Then you can take your money and re-build your city. Otherwise, forget it!

Feb 17, 2011 2:53pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ManyAreCalled wrote:

I’m pretty sure we gotta get the OK from China now before we write any more checks

Feb 17, 2011 3:19pm EST  --  Report as abuse
toddrealist wrote:

It’s amazing how one-sided these comments are.

Feb 17, 2011 3:30pm EST  --  Report as abuse
JsmithCSA wrote:

Heck no! I spent 5 months in and around Baghdad and all they did was fire mortars at me. In the rest of Iraq they thanked us for removing the dictator and mass-murderer, Saddam Hussein (I spent 18 months over there). If they’re that ungrateful, find one of Saddam’s living relatives, put him on the thone and get the heck out of the country. With any luck, he’ll kill the rest of them off and Jordan can inherit some good farmland.

Feb 17, 2011 3:30pm EST  --  Report as abuse
SlamDuncan wrote:

In a related story, I want Baghdad to pay back the BILLIONS of dollars my country spent to free them of their sadistic dictator and his minions. Since these Iraqi “sheeple” seem capable of only following the most vicious warlord, and are incapable of governing themselves without Baathist or similar leadership, then they should repay us quickly…before the next iron-fisted regime leads them back to the Sixth Century. If only…

Feb 17, 2011 3:36pm EST  --  Report as abuse
caligula_1776 wrote:

Good luck with that. Our boy-president can’t even figure out a sustainable budget here in the US.

Feb 17, 2011 3:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse
teofronz wrote:

Who should I make the check out to? Better yet, build the a Home Depot and let them rebuild their OWN country. :-)

Feb 17, 2011 3:46pm EST  --  Report as abuse
yoshik100 wrote:

Trooth, where can this be found? I want to see it! I knew it!

Feb 17, 2011 3:52pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Crawdaddy wrote:

As usual the majority of these comments make me sick to be an American.

We (as a country, I personally didn’t support it, I think we should have waited a year or 2 for inspections to see what they could find, then maybe invade if REAL proof Saddam had WMDs or helping AL Qeada, which history has shown both allegations to be false, instead of rushing to invade a country because we where attacked by terrorists), have an obligation to help rebuild a country we invaded on false pretenses. Just another legacy of the Bush admin that needs to be cleaned up.

Feb 17, 2011 3:54pm EST  --  Report as abuse
worddust wrote:

Get the Taliban to pay.

Feb 17, 2011 4:03pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Todd_Gaines wrote:

As an American, I am saddened by the ignorance and heartlessness in the comments to this story. I am utterly shocked that it seems that most of my compatriots are perfectly fine with accepting that an illegal and immoral war killed so many innocents and destroyed so much history, but when a nation wants to get back on its feet after occupation that it is wrong to want to do so. We destroyed a nation that we had no business being in. I truly hope that the world does not see America as a nation of radical savages beating our chests in unison.

Feb 17, 2011 4:21pm EST  --  Report as abuse
my2cnts wrote:

hey, baghad, send the bill to cheney and the neo cons… i think you’ve met!

Feb 17, 2011 4:22pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Soothsayer wrote:

We are Americans: we are here to help you!

Feb 17, 2011 4:24pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Ranger01 wrote:

We already paid them with the Pallets of $100.00 bills aready missing. They can eat crow.

Feb 17, 2011 4:31pm EST  --  Report as abuse
TREKCYCLIST22 wrote:

Damn! They want more money! During the Summer of 2008 Operation Silver Speedo was initiated to fix and build new swimming pools in Baghdad and the surrounding area. This was some goodwill and for the the kids to have something to do other than sit around all summer long.

Yes, there was an Operation Silver Speedo.

Feb 17, 2011 4:33pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Ranger01 wrote:

Bagdad can pay us for saving their country. More People would have died under Sadam than in saving their country. Ungrateful bunch who hate our guts for being their. They hate infedels that save their butt.

Feb 17, 2011 4:35pm EST  --  Report as abuse
GiveMeFreedom wrote:

The sad thing is based on our track record it really isn’t out of line. We’ve paid for a lot worse :(

Feb 17, 2011 4:37pm EST  --  Report as abuse

we should bomb baghdad again and this will get rid of all the ugly structures they complain… why do not they try to stop bombing each other?

Feb 17, 2011 4:41pm EST  --  Report as abuse
yoshik100 wrote:

Todd_Gaines, have you looked past the end of your nose? Do you see whats happening over seas? Do you know how many Americans and others have lost their life to Sharia law? We ARE American! Beat your chest or beat it.

Feb 17, 2011 4:41pm EST  --  Report as abuse
tommhan wrote:

Idiots, plain and simple. We need to go home and tell them to fix their own damn country.

Feb 17, 2011 4:57pm EST  --  Report as abuse
R_DeBeaux wrote:

Seriously? I sure hope the idiots in D.C. realize this money WILL go to insurgents. To terrorists to buy weapons (US made) and start things all over.
I can’t believe that anyone can be this stupid.

Feb 17, 2011 5:36pm EST  --  Report as abuse
connect wrote:

I laugh at the people who are so hell bent on how Iraq owes us money. Look, i understand where you are coming from. I understand how so many service members were killed in Iraq (currently 4, 436 Americans and an additional 318 of the Coalition “allies”). I can tell you first hand the pain it causes, for I “lost” my brother in Baghdad, in 2004. Yes, yes, yes…these lives are cannot be brought back. However, just as someone had previously posted, let us not think of just OUR citizens killed in Iraq but how about the 1+ MILLION innocent Iraqi civilians killed because of this war. That does not only fall on the United States, but also the insurgents. However, when Americans are indiscriminately slaughtering Iraqis, please don’t act high and mighty because you surely can’t grasp such a simple fact. Please watch something other than Faux News. Understand how historic artifacts were destroyed because of this war. Pay mind to how the Brits put a friggin helipad where Babylon once stood. Gladly, I would give them $1 Billion. They have scarce amounts clean water, backed up sewage and a separation between them and those on the other side of the wall. This war not only destroyed our reputation throughout the world, but set Iraq back more than one can imagine. So, who should pay the moolah? The dude who got us there!! good ol’ G. Dub

Feb 17, 2011 5:58pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Lafta wrote:

no no no you guys owe them money, invaded destroyed the countries infrastructure and you expect them to pay you billions yea ok keep dreaming lmao at the end of the day you never will see a dime nor a cent from what you proposing

Feb 17, 2011 6:29pm EST  --  Report as abuse
sellersjcb wrote:

Interesting idea. I think the U.S. certainly owes Bagdhad for those inconveniences. We will just take it out of the bill we send them for liberation costs and inconveniences that the American taxpayers incurred.

Feb 17, 2011 6:37pm EST  --  Report as abuse
tnmccoy wrote:

Fine. Then bill Bagdad for the deaths of all the US forces, all the costs of the freedom forces, and cut off all further aid to the Country. Leave them to survive as they can—or can’t.

Feb 17, 2011 6:38pm EST  --  Report as abuse
tnmccoy wrote:

Bill the Iraquies $500 billion or so for the cost of their liberation from Saddam and the Bath party. If they can’t or won’t pay, reposess all their oild fields and airports. Charge them for every use of these resources they make.

Feb 17, 2011 6:42pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Sinbad1 wrote:

Iraq has zero chance of getting any money out of the US but those who rave about rescuing Iraq from Saddam are obviously on drugs.
The US invaded Iraq for its own benefit not to aid the Iraqi’s.
Stop with the crap that you went and killed them to help them.
The US invaded and killed to pillage Iraq, that is what wars are about, pillaging. In Iraq’s case the US wanted their oil and took it by force of arms.

Feb 17, 2011 7:14pm EST  --  Report as abuse
miker5 wrote:

The politicos tell us if we don’t keep fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, that al-Qaeda will take over these countries and turn them into training grounds for terrorists. They would then presumably come here and kill more of us like they did on 9/11.
A more sensible solution might be to simply stop granting visas to al-Qaeda operatives to come to America in the first place. All nineteen of the 9/11 terrorists and the underwear bomber had government-issued visas. How would they have gotten here without them? Our east and west coasts are protected by vast oceans, and we can protect our north and south by bringing the troops home and stationing them on those borders.
Some concerns with this plan are:
1) How do we know who to refuse visas to?
The answer is anyone that is an Arab Muslim. This will involve some racial and ethnic profiling, which members of some political groups (that aren’t on their way to a war in the Middle East) may find more horrific than war. The moratorium on Arab Muslim visas can be lifted just as soon as the jihad is over.
2) If our troops secure the borders, how will nannies and gardeners from Mexico be able to come to America for a better life?
They will have to enter the U.S. legally by filling out an immigration application. This policy change will upset the political groups that fail to understand that there is nothing wrong with Mexico that the Mexicans can’t fix themselves.
3) What about terror cells already in the United States?
Sending more troops to the Middle East won’t get rid of them. If Homeland Security does its job, we can eventually disband the TSA.
4) If we pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan, won’t it be taken over by al-Qaeda?
Maybe, but since the President announced our withdrawal timeline, al-Qaeda operatives will just hide in the mountains or get some R&R in Iran until we leave and then take over anyway. We can’t save Iraq and Afghanistan unless we’re prepared to stay there indefinitely, or to neutralize Iran.
5) Americans want Osama bin Laden’s head. What about our revenge?
Give it up. Osama’s head isn’t worth the life of one more American soldier. Besides, the spread of Islam along with its militant faction is a numbers game we can’t win. We should cut our losses now and concentrate on protecting our homeland.

Please consider this politically incorrect but more cost-effective and practical alternative to war, and bring it up with your congressman.

Feb 17, 2011 7:24pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Trooth wrote:

If you think that we went to Iraq to get oil you must be disappointed that the majority of the contracts went to Chinese and French companies instead of US companies. Our oil still comes through the same non Iraqi sources and we still pay out the rear for it, because in reality we went out of our to make sure that it could not be said that we went to war for oil. If it was about oil we would have been better off just keeping the food for oil program in place. We do have an abundance of food in America after all, one only has to look at the obese moveon dot org crowd to see that.

Feb 17, 2011 7:51pm EST  --  Report as abuse
HoJo50 wrote:

I got no problem with the “demand”, well as long as they pay us say $5,000,000 per American killed to liberate them from Saddam and the many billions of dollars already spent (wasted?) to rebuild their country so they can destroy it all over again. They have no shame! Whoops, I forgot… they are Muslims!

Feb 17, 2011 7:56pm EST  --  Report as abuse
awmassey wrote:

Why, not making enough money for your pockets????

Feb 17, 2011 8:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse
anonym0us wrote:

They can try and collect from al-Qaeda, Mahdy’s army, and others who did the blasts and the shootings. Because the blast walls were built as response to blasts. And the soldiers would rather drive air conditioned cars on the pavement, if somebody could ensure they would not be shot at.

Feb 17, 2011 9:09pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Freedom99 wrote:

Dear Baghdad
We apologize for sacrificing our good men and women who freed your sorry ungrateful butts from the tyranny, oppression, and murder of an out of control dictator and his two sons, who robbed your Country blind. We apologize for using blast walls that protected you and your buildings from more damage done by your own people and you’re so called friendly neighbors with their suicide bombings.
If you think the American people who tried to free your sorry butts owe you a dime, you might want to consider your dept owed to the American people who were sickened by the crime that were perpetrated on your people, and wanted it to stop. But obviously you will never understand that thought possess. So maybe we should pull out and leave you to your own madness.
Don’t worry; we have a President that apologizes to everyone so I’m sure you will get it.

Feb 17, 2011 9:37pm EST  --  Report as abuse
fredlave wrote:

Don’t make me laugh, my lips are chapped.

Feb 17, 2011 9:38pm EST  --  Report as abuse
fairbanksjp wrote:

So the billions of US dollars the military has spent in the form of reconstruction projects, or otherwise known as CERP, doesn’t have any weight? Perhaps we should have allowed the people of Baghdad to fund their own reconstruction projects with the monies derived from the exportation of crude oil. Oh, but I must not forget, they have allowed the Chinese to come in and operate the oil refineries in the southern sector.

Feb 17, 2011 9:47pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Annoyed23 wrote:

The ignorance of the American population never ceases to amaze me.
I mean you invaded the country, a decision the vast majority of Iraq citizens were none to thrilled about.
You went in for your own selfish reasons screaming WMD WMD WMD!
You steal billions from them, kill off their people and more or less ruin the country.

Then you realize there’s no WMD’s so now you’re after the evil dictator.
(Evil by american standards mind you, he seems to have decent support for the 24 years he was in power)

I mean you chose to go in with out the UN’s permission
Screwed up a country
Killed off it’s leader rather than letting them decide to get rid of him
Took over their government and resources

And you expect them to pay for this liberation?

No I’m sorry but the whole damn world knew what America was doing was wrong, they all knew you were after oil,the only ones that didn’t seem to know were the American citizens..

Your country messed up, you’re 100% in the wrong and yes you damn well should pay for your mistakes.

You don’t think it’s right?
Cry about it.

Feb 17, 2011 10:05pm EST  --  Report as abuse
redrage wrote:

The problem i have with it is “demanding” and an apology and money. If you want something, ask for it you’ll have better luck getting. Demanding something is hostile and provocative.

If a buddy of yours walks up to you and says “I demand 100bucks” it brings a negative context to it but if they say “Can I have a 100 bucks” you will chances are ask why and if there is good reason and you can spare it you may actually do it.

If they where to say, thanks while you’re here can you help us fix this mess. Even if they didn’t mean it chances are they would get at least something.

It is of my opinion that we shouldn’t just shell out a billion to them mainly because we won’t know where that money goes. However throwing a billion or more of services to help under the Iraqi direction would be a good option. Not only would it hopefully improve the quality of life of the people it could help promote trust and/or understanding between the people of our countries which, other than safe guarding lives, seems to be the biggest goal.

Feb 17, 2011 10:26pm EST  --  Report as abuse
fromthecenter wrote:

I’m confused, I remember rummy, wolfie, bush, cheney and the other chicken hawks telling us that the revenue from the oil would pay for the everything remember? So, we must have a trillion sitting around somewhere that we could use right? We will be paying for this mistake for 20 years in cuts to the poor, infrastructure, schools and teachers.

Feb 17, 2011 10:33pm EST  --  Report as abuse
bvdon wrote:

How much did it cost the US to remove Saddam and provide the ability to create a framework for democracy?

Have some of our Democrat politicians moved to Iraq?

Feb 17, 2011 11:07pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Life1 wrote:

@Miker5: you’re obviously smarter than 99% of your ‘patriot’ buddies posting here as I couldn’t agree with you more, but you’re still seriously confused about one thing:

Iran and Al-Qaeda are natural enemies – when you yanks finally understand this very simple fact that Iranians aren’t Arabs, and that they will NEVER have anything to do with militant Wahabi Sunni’s, we can finally return to our regularly scheduled programme.

As a simple example, ever asked yourself why Al-Qaeda isn’t in Lebanon? Ever asked yourself why it is that you never hear about Iranian suicide bombers? Ever asked yourself how it was that the US with its pathetic intelligence agencies was able to so effectively oust the Taliban from power? ALL intelligence for Afghanistan was given to the US by Iran as they had already been bankrolling the Northern Alliance to fight the Taliban for the decade previous to the 2001 invasion… Easy to forget who helps you yesterday when today they no longer fit your agenda…

Nevermind the fact that Al-Qaeda is an Americo-Saudi organisation managed by the Pakistani ISI in the first place. BUT most people clearly prefer to forget he was trained and bankrolled by the CIA, as it’s not such a convenient topic of conversation when you’re trying to lay the blame on Iraq and Afghanistan… And of course somehow in the midst of all this, Saddam wasn’t sponsored by the CIA either. Nope. He was just some independent rogue dictator with an attitude problem… Once again, how friggin convenient.

But more to the point, how about this for the win: the axis of evil of Iraq, Iran and North Korea is fully made up of countries that had absolutely NOTHING to do with 9/11… Neither did Afghanistan, but we’ll leave that out for now, as no point in driving a point home too hard. It’ll only stick once all of you’s connect the dots on your own.

And all you Fools (replace the F with a T at will) who like to promote that the war in Iraq was somehow and altruistic movement for democracy and freedom, please please please do us all a favour and sign up for the military and go to one of these ‘liberation’ zones for a first hand taste of democracy in action. Maybe then, and only then, will you guys finally wake the fk up…

Feb 18, 2011 12:04am EST  --  Report as abuse
wolfcsm wrote:

And who lost?

Then to keep one faction from blowing up another the blast walls went up.

Iraq holds BILLIONS of $$$ in oil money – use some of that to fix some of the issues

Feb 18, 2011 12:06am EST  --  Report as abuse
Eyeball wrote:

Shouldn’t they reimburse America for all the treasure we spent fighting the war that gave them their freedom? I know they cannot reimburse the blood Americans gave for them.

Feb 18, 2011 1:16am EST  --  Report as abuse
Anubis39 wrote:

Maybe if the USA was to made pay for damages they would think twice about going to war wouldn’t they? The bottom line is if the people in Iraq had truly wanted to get rid of the dictator that ruled there then they would of done like what is occurring in middle eastern countries at present. There was no chemical and/or WMDs ever found. They only went in when the dictator invaded a oil rich country but before that they (as in the USA) secretly gave him arms in his wars with Iran and Syria. Those of you that think your pulling your troops out are under an illusion a big one! two reasons why not, the first is the oil the second is just like what happened in Germany after the Second World War the Americans will occupy both Iraq and Afghanistan due to its closeness to Iran and Syria who are both very anti America like the Soviets were during the Cold War. And lets not forget that on 9/11 the Tibetan were rited out of the USA back to their own country quickly and quietly while the cameras where on the aftermath in NYC… Bin Lan could be caught but they wont because if they do they wont be able to explain to congress and the american people why they should keep spending tax dollars and troops in 2 middle eastern countries

Feb 18, 2011 2:47am EST  --  Report as abuse
rsierra33 wrote:

hahaahaha, who is the next clown? Pakistan, Afghanistan? any other takers. I think this is where we need to start cutting the budget…right Wisconsin? clamp the money spiggot!!!

Feb 18, 2011 4:10am EST  --  Report as abuse
rsierra33 wrote:

Afghanistan is going to say the same crap, watch it….that is why we need to bring those billions here and pay our teachers now…

Feb 18, 2011 4:13am EST  --  Report as abuse
timtan wrote:

Wait…..whats going on with all that oil? Obviously were not getting it. If they pulled themselves together for at least ten minutes, they might find a way to agree on some things, and then create an extremely rich country. Those folks are idiotic!

Bottomline, the Iraqis are sitting on a gold mine, and they cant see the forest thru the tress.

Good luck to them!

Feb 18, 2011 6:02am EST  --  Report as abuse
four5678 wrote:

LOL I absolutely laugh at the people who are saying “Oh sure, deduct that from the cost of liberating you”

You people are so uninformed it’s completely hysterical and overwhelmingly sad at the same time. You *DO* know the US installed Saddam, right?

Oh what’s that? You don’t read history and actually think we invaded Iraq to forcefully install democracy?

Feb 18, 2011 7:35am EST  --  Report as abuse
Stanone wrote:

The Iraquis did NOT request American “liberation”. That was GWB’s idea.
If you remember…..
As for “rebuilding” Iraq, people, it wouldn’t have been necessary if you hadn’t “schocked and awed” them so much. vSo let’s not bill the Iraquis for our war games shall we?
The reason you’re so universally disliked is your complete inability to envisage any outcome but the one you want and your endless willingness to impose your vision on everyone else. And then give them the bill.
If you have so much time energy and money, why don’t you work on fixing your OWN country? Because it looks like it could use a whole heap of fixing.

Feb 18, 2011 8:32am EST  --  Report as abuse
cocostar wrote:

I think its only fare that George, Dick and Rummy pay the billion.. Seeing how Bush already admitted the war was a mistake. Its easy to blame and shame Saddam for crimes against humanity which he’s people punished him with capital punishment for. George Dick and Rummy should do the honorable thing and turn themselves into the current Iraqi government just to make sure there aren’t any war crimes or crimes against humanity on their account. And knowing that hundreds of thousands of people died during their stupid blunder and mistake they should be hung from the same gallows and buried beside Saddam.
I used to believe in capital punishment until I heard G.W. Bush held the record in signing death warrants in Texas. I couldn’t imagine someone with that amount of illiteracy being judge of anything!!!

Feb 18, 2011 8:59am EST  --  Report as abuse
hujintaosson wrote:

Maybe we should just do what all the anti-US liberals think we went there for. We should just take their oil. After all, if we are going to be criticised by the uninformed liberals and uninformed Europeans, we might as well do what we are criticised for.

Feb 18, 2011 11:02am EST  --  Report as abuse
hujintaosson wrote:

To Stanone and all the other uninformed Europeans and liberals.

You think you know so much about Iraq? I’m sure the Kurds would completely disagree with you on your idea that Iraq was a peaceful country before the US took down the dictator. Americans are not uninformed. It is people like you and all the other Anti-US idiots who are uninformed.

Feb 18, 2011 11:04am EST  --  Report as abuse
rick121x wrote:

I don’t blame Iraquis for feeling outraged. Whenever does “the military” feel the notions of preservaton – other than their own? That is not their training, their motivation, nor their mission.

On the other hand – there are always several viewpoints – there is the notion of the “spoils of war” which in this case, is not what we have taken from the loser-victims but what we have left in place.

Oh my – how we will lose face if we leave the country with scars and damage! It seems to be our opinion that the country would be in even worse shape if we had not intervened, had not removed the Hussein regime, and preserved them from Al-Quaeda overun. So we can just leave, and they will reconstruct and recover.

All of that may be… but our country, our beloved US, has new priorities now – our own self preservation, which must be attended, immediately.

As I review in my mind “spoils of war”, I do not see a country that has not recovered – Iraquis will do so, I know and trust.

Feb 18, 2011 11:56am EST  --  Report as abuse
finfollower wrote:

And how much will the terrorist pay for blowing up people? How much should be charged to Saddam’s Baath party for their role? Someone once said “war is hell”. Time to put all the unemployed in Baghdad to work fixing the sewers and infrastructure on a “minimum wage” instead of seeking another handout that will never make it to “city improvements” unless they are in the back pockets of a politician.

Feb 18, 2011 12:41pm EST  --  Report as abuse
johnnyjr wrote:

The classic ‘You break it, you buy it’ policy seems reasonable to me. We rebuilt Germany and Japan after destroying their cities to rid them of their dictators, too. Maybe we should factor that expense in next time we invade a country based on lies and fabrications.

Feb 18, 2011 1:06pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Adam1234 wrote:

Why don’t we just ask G. Bush and Cheney to pay for it out of their own pocket? they absolutely have a billion dollars, and even though it will hurt their estates, it’s actually less than 15% of their reported assets,
especially since halliburton stock has gone up 4-fold, making all those vested options so valuable, since the war started.

Feb 18, 2011 1:26pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Adam1234 wrote:

Why don’t we just ask G. Bush and Cheney to pay for it out of their own pocket? they absolutely have a billion dollars, and even though it will hurt their estates, it’s actually less than 15% of their reported assets,
especially since halliburton stock has gone up 4-fold, making all those vested options so valuable, since the war started.

Feb 18, 2011 1:26pm EST  --  Report as abuse
garilou wrote:

After World War II, the Americans reconstructed so much in the countries who had declared war. Only one example is the Opera of Vienna, but there are many more.
True that after WW II, America became so rich!
Not the case for the war in Iraq!
The US wouldn’t have to send a blank check, but make the work it-self.
Or better said, ask companies who charged the US defense so much (where are the enquiries?) and became rich from that war:Halliburton [http://www.halliburtonwatch.org/news/earnings072205.html], and lots of others.
Maybe they could be asked to reconstruct as compensation for all the money they stole to the treasury.

Feb 18, 2011 1:32pm EST  --  Report as abuse
DrJJJJ wrote:

Strip the natural resources from Iraq and Afgan, set up a chevron distribution center and employ those left for min wage! Shoot terrosit on site and ask questions later! The terrorist have cost the free world trillions and ruined quality of life for millions!! They are the worst of us and we have lost thousands of our precious men!! If they don’t like it, turn both countries into glass factories!

Feb 18, 2011 2:12pm EST  --  Report as abuse
RandomName2nd wrote:

Very nicely said @Life1.

Feb 18, 2011 2:36pm EST  --  Report as abuse

and the answer is No… ha, ha, ha, ha

Have fun starving people of the middle east…

That price of wheat is just as manipulated as your oil..

Feb 18, 2011 3:33pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Whatsgoingon wrote:

LOL is this the return we got back out of this trillion-dollar WMD project? Can someone explain the ROI for the taxpayers?

Feb 18, 2011 5:10pm EST  --  Report as abuse
pjgatorjg wrote:

really===$1 billion ???,we need to pull out now and tell them to kiss r ass!!!!!!!

Feb 18, 2011 5:45pm EST  --  Report as abuse
lawbider wrote:

Why don’t our government follow the provisions and INTENT of the Monroe Doctrine? Cure the budjet woes pull all our troops, family’s from oversees to within our continental borders with the exception of London, Aviano, Naples Italy and we will save of billions each month!

Feb 18, 2011 5:54pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Foztah wrote:

The fact that Iraq is now demanding payment from the US, for reconstruction of the previously attractive historical city of Baghdad and its treasures (traumatised by the Iraq war), must really be screwing with the minds of the honest soldiers and their lying commanders who sent them to invade Iraq. The insanity is on show right here in the comments… “B b b but we saved you from an evil tyrant and we gave you the chance of having democracy!” or “Do you mean to tell us that you didnt want us to invade your country, blow up your beautiful buildings and unleash bloody tribal warfare on your streets???” “Well shoot, we done got rid of Saddam for you, quit your bellyaching about a few smashed up buildings, dead innocent civilians, mothers, fathers, children etc. Why you should be grateful to us!”

The best (saddest) example of this dangerously stupid way of thinking was one comment that instead of paying Iraq $1 billion, the US should send over a fleet of B-17s and bomb the crap our of Baghdad. Besides the fact that this mission would probably cost more than $1 billion, it encapsulates perfectly the absolute meaningless insanity of the war in Iraq. What the hell were the coalition fighting for?

On a positive side, I am sure that G W and his wealthy ex minions, must be overwhelmed with sympathy for the Iraqis – given the previous administrations’ forceful determination to help the Iraqi people (at whatever the cost) – and will soon be gladly contributing personally from their own wealth, to the rebuilding of Baghdad

Feb 18, 2011 9:08pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Gasyusblast wrote:

When you pay for someone Else’s freedom with the dear blood of the sons and brothers and fathers of this nation..Just call it what it is..Sacrifice

Feb 19, 2011 9:21pm EST  --  Report as abuse
macdoodle wrote:

I understand there are problems but-

Are they saying the War was illegal? Then why wait till they got all their use of the troops form US, Canada, Briton and other NATO troops

Can we bill them for the cost of removing Saddam Hussein AND TRAINING THEiR MILITARY etc..

Feb 19, 2011 11:58pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Life1 wrote:

@Gasyusblast & Macdoodle:

This someone else never asked you for anything… Nevermind that the whole war was illegal and by any means, and any interpretation of international law, an ‘invasion’. NOT a liberation. You would have thought that after 8 years you would have figured this out…

The world will never change its ways as long as so many of you still demand to be spoonfed.

Feb 20, 2011 2:43am EST  --  Report as abuse
Fescu wrote:

I’m puzzled by many of the comments. I urge the commentators to consider the following scenario (ignore the fact that Mubarak is no longer the President of Egypt for argument’s sake):

China decides that the people of Egypt have suffered too long under a dictator (Mubarak) and that Mubarak is secretly making WMDs that threaten China’s allies. Since Egypt is a US ally, but has a chilly relationship with China, the government in Beijing bombs Cairo back to the 18th century and allows serious looting to go on at the Egypt museum in the aftermath. A few years down the road, China withdraws its military presence from Cairo/Egypt, leaving behind a city divided by blast walls, with destroyed infrastructure, where electricity and water are barely available and residents fear for their lives because of attacks of various terrorist groups that started operating in Cairo and Egypt only after the Chinese invasion. Then, the City of Cairo demands an apology and a billion dollars from China for the damage.

What should China do?

Feb 20, 2011 6:23am EST  --  Report as abuse
rupesinghe wrote:

america is bankrupt now. No point of filling a law suit!

Feb 20, 2011 6:35am EST  --  Report as abuse
The_Traveler wrote:

Surething. Just have the Iraqi government set up a Paypal account and I’ll send in my $1.00 …

Feb 20, 2011 9:55am EST  --  Report as abuse
cheeze wrote:

What at laugh. But we will pay it.LOL.

Feb 20, 2011 10:40am EST  --  Report as abuse

Fix it yourself! And pay us Americans back for the expenses we’ve incurred duie to your lack of a spine!

Feb 20, 2011 11:12am EST  --  Report as abuse
pepticskeptic wrote:

How much do Americans owe Iraqi families for the one million (or more) people who have died violently since March 2003? If not for America, these people would not be dead. Should they receive the same as the families of a dead US serviceman? Or more? They did not sign up to be invaded.

How much do we owe for the 5 million refugees? How much responsibility does every American have for the biggest refugee crisis in Middle Eastern history?

How much do we owe for the destruction of the Iraqi National Museum, and its priceless treasures? for the National Archives, burned to the ground under US occupation?

For the shattered electrical grid?

For the bombed and destroyed University system?

For millions of people, especially children, suffering post-traumatic stress and horrific disorders? Ever tried to comfort a child during an airstrike?

For the water treatment facilities?

For the fact that not one Iraqi was involved in any violent action against the US after 1991 until we invaded their country 2003. Not one. Check it. It is fact.

How much do we owe for the fact that all the reasons we gave to invade and destroy their country were lies, and no one has been tried, or jailed, or punished for the destruction of Iraq, the 5000 dead Americans, or the one trillion US taxpayer dollars wasted.

Where are the Americans out in the street protesting their government and its crimes?

Feb 20, 2011 12:01pm EST  --  Report as abuse
nossnevs wrote:

amazing and sad to read these comment. As someone pointed out, Americans still don’t have a clue and seem unable to get it. I can only hope that their empire will be dismantled peacefully. The alternative is eternal war and more and more impoverished Americans.

Feb 20, 2011 1:42pm EST  --  Report as abuse
nossnevs wrote:

amazing and sad to read these comment. As someone pointed out, Americans still don’t have a clue and seem unable to get it. I can only hope that their empire will be dismantled peacefully. The alternative is eternal war and more and more impoverished Americans.

Feb 20, 2011 1:42pm EST  --  Report as abuse
nossnevs wrote:

amazing and sad to read these comment. As someone pointed out, Americans still don’t have a clue and seem unable to get it. I can only hope that their empire will be dismantled peacefully. The alternative is eternal war and more and more impoverished Americans.

Feb 20, 2011 1:42pm EST  --  Report as abuse
JohnWH wrote:

Well…We could pay the Billion dollars the day after Iraq pays us their 2 Trillion dollar war debt..

Feb 20, 2011 1:50pm EST  --  Report as abuse
FaisalAlMutar wrote:

I am Iraqi myself and I find that so ridiculous , first of all the government run by Al Malaki is so corrupted , they will use the money for their own benefits , build more mosques to fool more people , No Education no beauty no anything beneficial will be enhanced , Iraqi government run by Islamists whether they were sunnis or shias are bunch of Demagogues , United States is our Ally and we should not make troubles for no reason !

Feb 20, 2011 1:54pm EST  --  Report as abuse
mellowone543 wrote:

Here’s the deal: 1. The U.S. government, possibly in the form of the CIA, helped Saddam overthrow the Iraqi president and parliament to see him take control, approximately 50 years ago. 2. When Saddam told the U.S. – right after 9/11 – that he was going to nationalize the oil operations in his country, the witch hunt to do away with Saddam was underway. The president that Saddam had overthrown had also announced that he was going to do the very same thing! Do I hear an echo in here, anyone? 3. Sounds like oil to me, smells like it too!

Feb 20, 2011 2:53pm EST  --  Report as abuse
hujintaosson wrote:

nossnevs,

Actually, I think Americans do have a clue. I think a lot of other people in the world don’t have the clue. Do you guys really think most Iraqis liked Saddam? Do you think the Kurds were not oppressed? Just because the US supposedly helped saddam come to power doesn’t mean we should always support him. People change, and their policies change over the years. Those who say the US went their for oil fail to realize that the US didn’t get any oil or any natural resources for getting rid of Saddam. Americans are the ignorant ones. The rest of the world who ignores most of the ills in the world are.

Feb 21, 2011 6:12am EST  --  Report as abuse
wrote:

Collen Powell said to George Bush in 2003: “If you break it, you own it.” Enough said. What gets me is that the American taxpayers will be stuck with the bill and not those who caused this mess.

Feb 21, 2011 9:32am EST  --  Report as abuse
horti_culture wrote:

Let the congress and george w bush, relinquish there assets and capitol to pay for there genocide.

Feb 21, 2011 10:19am EST  --  Report as abuse
hujintaosson wrote:

horti_culture,

You have no clue do you. You sound like a European. What genocide are you talking about. The only people killing Iraqis are other Iraqis. I’m sure you are aware that the three major groups in Iraq are the Sunnis, Shiites (religious groups), and Kurds. There are other smaller groups as well. The Kurds were oppressed under Saddam. That is the only genocide that was happening. And the US took out the man responsible. Now it is time for the Iraqis to come together if they can. George Bush didn’t do a lot of things right, but there is no genocide no matter how many times you uneducated liberals make one up.

Feb 21, 2011 11:48am EST  --  Report as abuse
uc8tcme wrote:

The Colin Powell comment is correct – Bush only want Suddam because he (Suddam) embarassed his father (Bush 41) – mission accomplished. You the tax payer pick up the tap. Revenge has it rewards (or debt).

Feb 21, 2011 11:56am EST  --  Report as abuse
MBrewer wrote:

“Zahra said the city’s statement issued on Wednesday would be the start of its measures to get the United States to pay for damages but he did not say what other steps might be taken.”

Maybe they’ll just kick us out. At least that’s what I am hoping.

Feb 21, 2011 2:15pm EST  --  Report as abuse

The place was a cesspool a thousand years ago I say pack up our people and leave these ungrateful camel herders in their own mess a billion dollars!?! i wouldn’t pay a billion dollars for that entire stink hole of a country, these morons were in a repressive regime being tortured and killed by the government they tolerated for how long and the US freed them from that we have already invested how many young lives and how many hundreds of billions and now these morons want to submit a bill for damages i say hey keep the deposit we are out of tyhis dump

Feb 21, 2011 3:39pm EST  --  Report as abuse
lifeform666 wrote:

I hope this “thread” ends soon. There is no easy (or difficult) solution.

Feb 21, 2011 7:13pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Poalima wrote:

From some of the comments on here, you’d think the Iraqi people asked us to invade, lol.

Feb 22, 2011 12:52am EST  --  Report as abuse
AceHall wrote:

That makes sense. With all of their oil wealth, and with the BILLIONS and BILLIONS of dollars of free infrastructure work that the US military and private contractors did, why shouldn’t Iraq act like a welfare scam artist? They learned from the best probably just by watching their American satellite feeds, so why not put all of that new found knowledge to work?

On the other hand, why don’t they up their oil output–using all of the billions of dollars in free equipment that we installed for them down in Basra and up north in the Kurdish regions–so that they may earn some money with which to be able to pay for all of this urban warfare blight with which we left them saddled?

Of course, once these “blighted” blast barriers come down, and the blast damages climb to new, record highs (without the US military there to mitigate the damage), Iraq will then be crying for even more damage payments due to the fact that we didn’t leave them some other option besides these huge blast barriers.

You can’t save greedy, lazy people from themselves, so we should not even try. I’m sick of these handout mentalities running any country with which we have any form of military intervention. Oh, and, of course, all of the reparations will go into the pockets of whomever is in charge that day–along with his or her closest cronies–with NONE of it ever getting to the Iraqi people. What a travesty!

Feb 22, 2011 3:50am EST  --  Report as abuse
Life1 wrote:

@ AceHall:

Greedy, lazy people? Military intervention??? Your country INVADED Iraq you numbnut… It’s not a handout, it’s reparation for damages caused by your INVASION. Hard to believe, but the attack on Iraq was a terrorist attack perpetrated by several sovereign states on another. That officially makes the US and the UK the largest state sponsors of terrorism in the world. Read it again. There are only two ways on this entire planet that a war can be made legal, and neither of those two apply with Iraq. Illegal = Illegal. No two ways about it, even though international law doesn’t seem to apply to Americans.

Any nation that believes they’re special has a really nasty surprise coming for them… History doesn’t lie.

As for the corruption of the Iraqi government, you’re basically admitting that the US overthrew one corrupt dictator to replace him with another. Where’s that liberation, freedom and democracy the Iraqi’s should be so grateful for???

Feb 22, 2011 5:25am EST  --  Report as abuse
nosmtrthanu wrote:

OR…… we could just send them “W”, cheney and rumsfeld and let them clean up their mess.

Feb 22, 2011 5:51am EST  --  Report as abuse
MBrewer wrote:

nosmtrthanu, wrote:
OR…… we could just send them “W”, cheney and rumsfeld and let them clean up their mess.

I like this one the best out of the 166 comments to date. Start with Cheney.

Feb 22, 2011 1:57pm EST  --  Report as abuse
IraqVet05-06 wrote:

Iraq has some nerve to beg for 1 billion dollars more
While the war was going on the citizens were getting Food Stamps, Dental, And WelFare monies
The U.S. is constantly being forced to pay out “extra” for whatever reason while in a war zone
We liberated the country and many people died in the process
We don’t owe them anymore except an apology
And when it comes to the “beautiful city” gimmie a break
Yes it was one of the top cleanest cities but at what cost people being hung from a bridge overlooking the highway and city
Get real

Feb 22, 2011 3:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse
IraqVet05-06 wrote:

P.S. they (Iraqis) should have been making demands to their old dictator the same way they want to make demands to the ones who gave them their voices back.

Feb 22, 2011 3:46pm EST  --  Report as abuse
A.R.Shams wrote:

Iraq seems having right to says so.

Feb 22, 2011 3:54pm EST  --  Report as abuse
sarahr wrote:

I guess no one has ever heard of the Marshall plan which included rebuilding in Germany and Italy after World War II. Personally, I think it ought to come out of the Big W and cronies’ personal finances. And then out of the gross profits of every contracting company there under Cheney’s, Rumsfeld or Bush’s prior leadership.

Feb 22, 2011 4:10pm EST  --  Report as abuse
savoter wrote:

One billion dollars will not bring back the thousands upon thousands of innocent Iraq men, women and children slaughtered in this illegal, immoral war. We would be getting off easy. The more difficult task is to restore our credibility as a civilized people who are part of a global community, like it or not. That one may take years to achieve. What a waste of human life, both of Iraq and U.S. citizens.

Feb 22, 2011 4:28pm EST  --  Report as abuse
marcm1 wrote:

Wow. No good deed gone unpunished. How about Baghdad paying us for the time we have spent there. We should get up and leave now and let the tribes fight it out among themselves. We can come an pick up the pieces later if we wish. Lets protect our own boarders for awhile.

Feb 22, 2011 5:13pm EST  --  Report as abuse

Reading the comments, I am amazed at the selfish and self-serving attitudes and the ignorance freely displayed. Invading a sovereign state is without excuse, “shock and awe” was truly shocking and awful, ignorant destructiveness is government policy and yet US citizens assume some superiority which makes them immune from responsibility for any of their actions. I wonder how they would feel if their country had been ‘rescued’ from George Dubya by a foreign invasion, bombardment and an army of occupation? Does “responsibility” mean anything in the USA?

Feb 22, 2011 11:04pm EST  --  Report as abuse
rockrider wrote:

They are not asking to payback for bombing or other unavoidable damage. Definitely a reasonable demand; Who has given them right to be negligent & cause unnecessary damage to public infrastructure.
No doubt American military would have been much diligent if was Washington.
Strange, Americans don’t understand the fact it is them who were outlanders in Baghdad; American action in Iraq is of strategic importance to them and of least interest to Iraqis. Cant imagine how I feel if my country is invaded by someone no matter what their intention is.

Feb 23, 2011 6:08am EST  --  Report as abuse
MikeChicago wrote:

fine, but we get every drop of oil and you are now a US territory. Ode to colonialism!

Feb 23, 2011 8:28am EST  --  Report as abuse
dr.bob wrote:

Once again…. Oil sands in Canada…. Forget this region. WE are always the bad guys! They spit on the blood of those that released them. Enough!

Feb 23, 2011 10:02am EST  --  Report as abuse
morozova wrote:

Hold on…US Taxpayers already sent 12 billion in US cash to Bagdad over the last five years, but somehow human avarice made it all disappear like jobs in America.

Feb 23, 2011 11:06am EST  --  Report as abuse
jrj90620 wrote:

Are we going to learn anything from this.I doubt it.We’ll just go on wasting lives and resources and not get any appreciation.Like all the spending on welfare in this country and no one appreciates it or ever pays it back.What a waste.No wonder we’re bankrupt.

Feb 23, 2011 12:26pm EST  --  Report as abuse
indyteaparty wrote:

That seems like a reasonable offer. Just take the one billion off of the amount owed the U.S. for giving lives, equipment, time and effort to free Iraq. That should only leave them owing us about $3 Trillion Dollars. Seems like a fair enough exchange to me. How would you like to pay that? Master Card, Visa, American Express, or cash?

Feb 23, 2011 2:10pm EST  --  Report as abuse
youmepolitics wrote:

For the first time, I see why the Founding Fathers didn’t want the Federal/State Government to be democracies. The precedent for war reparations has already been set (i.e. Belgian and France v. Germany circa 1920),it’s not as if this doesn’t happen. In fact Libya just received reparations from Italy.Good luck getting the United States of America to pay you reparations, it isn’t going to happen.They don’t owe us anything, seeing as how our large economic institutions already own their oil fields. What would the United States pay them with? More borrowed money? If I were Iraq, I would wait until after we leave to demand reparations from us and I would take it up with the ICC and ICJ.

Feb 23, 2011 3:20pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Skylor wrote:

The USA should be replaced…with what I don’t know but the USA sure isn’t the same peaceful loving country it once was.

Feb 23, 2011 5:25pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Dionysus wrote:

Better yet, lets put Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, George Bush, and all other culprits on trial for war crimes and use their private fortunes to compensate the Iraqis for the destruction and 100,000+ civilian lives lost in the name of imperialism and oil.

Feb 23, 2011 9:02pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Trooth wrote:

@Skylor

The USA has helped rid the world of evil genocidal dictators over and over. Considering what we are seeing now in the middle east GW was right, these people want Democracies. His father should not have turned his back on the shi’ites when they attempted to overthrow Sadaam after operation desert storm and was in turn slaughtered. I am appaled at the people who think act like the removal of Hussein was not justified but Milosevic was. Hussein is one of the worst genocidal dictators of the modern era.

Feb 23, 2011 11:55pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Sleepless wrote:

This will come as great relief to the 650,000 Iraqis killed by the US.

Feb 24, 2011 4:50am EST  --  Report as abuse
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