The Iraq war was based on lies. The Iraq war narrative was promoted by the government and the corporate media. The Iraq war was a historic disaster on every front. It failed miserably in every single regard. It caused unbelievable amounts of death and suffering that is still reverberating to this day. However, its biggest failure had to be the colossal waste of financial resources that were squandered on this imperialist misadventure. According to some estimates, the war in Iraq could end up costing the country somewhere between two to four TRILLION dollars. Just to get an idea of how insanely wasteful this is, I will dedicate this thread to listing things that the US could have used that money for instead. For starters, outstanding student loan debt in the US is about $1.5 trillion. So for the cost of the Iraq war, the US could have paid off ALL student loan debt with hundreds of billions of dollars to spare. I'll post other examples periodically, but I would like other members to post their own examples as well.