Tammy Duckworth on 10th anniversary of Iraq: War not easy or quick

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Tammy Duckworth next to her helicopter in an undated file image.

As the world reflected today on the 10th anniversary of the war in Iraq, U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) who lost both her legs in combat there said that congress owed families like her an “honest discussion before waging the next conflict.”

“Military force must always be an option, but never again can we fool ourselves into thinking that war will be easy — or quick,” Duckworth said in a statement today. “It is families like mine, the ones whose spouses, siblings, parents and children continue to serve in uniform who will pay when we wage war. We owe these families a responsible, honest discussion before waging the next conflict.”

The newly-minted congresswoman of Hoffman Estates was a helicopter pilot in Iraq when she was shot down. She lost both her legs and one of her arms is injured. Earlier this year, Duckworth became the face of a new directive expanding women in combat.

Today, she noted that more than 4,000 people have died, more than 32,000 have been wounded in Iraq, “and the scourge of suicides and untreated mental health and brain injuries claim more lives each day,” Duckworth said. “More than $1 trillion of our national treasure has been spent, not to mention the $8 billion a year we will spend for decades to care for our Iraq War Veterans.”

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