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Radio Smart Talk for Tuesday, March 19:
Was the war in Iraq worth the costs? That's a question many are asking on this -- the 10th anniversary of the beginning of hostilities. Is the United States more secure -- even though no weapons of mass desctruction -- the basis for the war -- were found? A fragile democracy has emerged in Iraq, but is it enough to justify the war?
Consider 4,488 American service men and women died in Iraq. It's estimated some 134,000 Iraqi civilians were killed. The U.S. will spend more than $2 trillion on the war and reconstruction when all the figures are tallied.
A Washington Post/ABC News poll released this weekend indicated that nearly six in 10 Americans believe the war wasn't worth the high costs. More than half surveyed say the war in Iraq has not made the U.S. more secure.
Appearing on Tuesday's Radio Smart Talk to look back on the past 10 years will be retired Maj. Gen. Walter L Stewart Jr., the former commander of the 28th Infantry Division, Pennsylvania National Guard, former Democratic Congressman Patrick Murphy, the first Iraq War veteran to serve in Congress, and Dr. Catherine Lutz, the co-director of The Costs of Warresearch project based at Brown University's Institute for International Studies.
Major General Walter L. Stewart, Jr. (ret.) discusses the impact of the War in Iraq.
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