Nothing about the Iraq fiasco should be called a success, despite President Obama's attempt to provide closure to the troops misused and abused since the launch of that war. We must remember the truth about this catastrophic, unpopular, vicious war, and we must fight the strong national impulse to salvage our self-image in platitudes. If we do that, it becomes terribly clear that the only people for whom this nightmare was a success are the super-rich CEOs of war industry corporations who made a killing during the wars we launched since 2001.
According to the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan:
Spending on contracts and grants performed in Iraq and Afghanistan in support of operations in those countries is expected to exceed $206 billion through the end of fiscal year (FY) 2011.