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    Argumentative Essay Opposing the Iraq War

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    In twelve pages this essay argues that the Iraq War has a negative economic impact, is ethically wrong, is taxing U.S. medical facilities, and agrees with the United Nations’ involvement regarding reduction and removal of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) and supports the reduction of the U.S. armed forces in the Middle East. Six sources are listed in the bibliography.

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    the armed forces and 11 civilians from the Defense Department).1 Of this total, the Defense Department reports that 3,425 of these deaths resulted from hostile action whereas 839 were  the result of incidents that were not related to combat.2 In addition to the cost of human lives, the impact of the war has also had a detrimental  economic cost as well. As U.S. Republican Senator from Illinois Everett M. Dirksen (1896-1969) once deadpanned, "A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon youre talking real money,"3  With regard to the Iraq War, that is quite the understatement. An editorial in the Westchester County Business Journal bluntly proclaimed, "Our national treasure is being sucked into  the Iraq vortex and, carve these words in stone, it aint coming back."4 The extent of the wars economic impact is still fodder for vigorous debates. Pentagon estimates  in 2008 put it presently at about $600 billion whereas Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz offered a much more inflated figure for the long-term, running anywhere from $3 trillion  to $5 trillion.5 This claim is disputed by the Congressional Budget Office, which projects costs will run between $1 trillion and $2 trillion.6 The severe economic effects of  this war in terms of costs that include war zone operations, troop deployment, equipment repair and replacement, reservists salaries, special combat pay for members of the regular forces, and some  cost go toward injured veterans care.7 All of these expenses extend well beyond the budgetary parameters of the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. This means that a  federal budget that is already operating at a huge deficit because of bank and corporate bailouts and consumer/homeowner stimulus packages is sinking deeper into debt perhaps to a point of 

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