Ten years ago the United States invaded Iraq with the stated purpose of destroying alleged weapons of mass destruction and to overthrow a dictator. Two months later President George W. Bush declared “ Mission Accomplished.” However, United States forces remained in the country for nine more years. This anniversary has set off a multitude discussions of whether the war’s results justified its costs, what were the unforeseen outcomes and whether Iraq is better off than before the US invasion. Dr. James Carafano, Vice President for Foreign and Defense Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation, argues the war was worth the costs.
Dr. Joseph J. Collins, Professor of the National War College at The National Defense University, will argue the war was not worth the costs. Beverly Kirk, CEO of Bevkirk International, LLC and Director of the Ideas Lab at CSIS, serves as the moderator.