BDA116 : My personal feeling is that it should be a loan.
That said, Diplomatically it can't be a loan. If we were to go in there and say, 'here's some money, pay it back with interest' there would be a huge cry of 'see, the US only wants Iraq's money'. There are still a bunch of moronic individuals that truly believe money was the reason for the war, and if we make this a loan, they win. The entire Muslim world would look down on it (again, I personally could care less about that), and would further the rift in some nations.
There are still a bunch of moronic individuals that truly believe the people of the United States were lied to by our President and his staff as to the reasoning/justification of war (while alienating us from the UN and many others). I am so furious after watching the story of the information given to Powell and how it was tipped completely upside down to favor the political agenda at hand. Did they not believe the experts wouldn't stand up afterwards and state that the information in that speech was not what they researched and reported on, but in fact - purposely fabricated/manipulated? For money? maybe - No. Other agendas? Yes.
Refridgeration trucks (Biological warfare proof) from satellite photos were actually firetrucks, confiscated alumimun pipes (attempted Nuclear Warfare production proof) that experts deemed incapable for core use - material more consistant with long range rocket material. The list goes on and on.
Did the US ultimately do the right thing? ???
Are we proud of our courageous Armed Forces? No question.
Did the US Administration decieve the public/world into doing their right thing? Yes
Who's paying for it? Guess.
The poll should be: Should an impeachment investigation have already begun?
It's only 86 or 87 billion, we've got TRILLIONS left! Or is it...trillions in debt? One of those two.