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Steve Leibfried, Fargo, Published March 21 2013

Letter: The hard truth about ‘mission’

‘Mission accomplished?” – 10 years since American troops were deployed in the last Iraq invasion. Over 115,000 Iraqis killed, the loss of 4,400-plus U.S. soldiers, and more than 32,000 injured, many critically. Almost 2 trillion U.S. dollars spent, closer to $6 trillion when total costs, including caring for injured veterans, are factored. And to think, “war” was never declared, not a single Iraqi was involved in the “9/11” attacks, and the violence there continues as al-Qaida and Iran build their military capabilities. The joint Senate resolution (No. 23) that was enacted by G.W. Bush on Sept. 18, 2001, said it was:

A joint resolution to authorize the use of United States Armed Forces against those responsible for the recent attacks launched against the United States.”

Perhaps another quote better expresses what our country’s ‘moral prerogative’ should be in a 21st-century global society:

“I look forward to a great future for America – a future in which our country will match its military strength with our moral restraint, its wealth with our wisdom, its power with our purpose.” – John F. Kennedy