After we have spent over a trillion dollars in Iraq, and sending home over 100,000 troops and a loss of more than 4,000 uniformed personnel, most of Iraq still has no electricity, or infrastructure of hope.
With 50,000 troops in that country, and over 100,000 private contractors (who pays for them?), we and they are not better off more than 7 years later.
We will still spend billions of dollars a year trying to do something that we couldn't do---peace in Iraq and winning the "hearts and minds," of the people.
Meanwhile, we are suffering at home, with high unemployment and a deteriorating infrastructure.
When we spend a billion dollars in Iraq, why don't we claim a few hundred million dollars with states, such as Oregon, North and South Dakota, Iowa, Vermont, and others?
A small state revenue program from Iraq to America, could at least help education, roads, and rural medical care, so much needed in these small states.
After a couple of years, we could do this backwards revenue sharing with larger states.