We hear about the cost of war but mostly it is about the human costs….the deaths and the injured……but seldom will anyone bother to look at the dollars and cents of the action. Why?
Ask yourself….who pays for a war? That is the question everyone should ask….especially those we send to DC to represent us and our interests.
Do you realize that since 9/11 the cost of the War on Terror has cost the country in the neighborhood of $5 trillion (yep that is trillion with a giant “T”)……and that total was from 2011, ten years into the WoT.
Five trillion dollars: that’s $16,000 per American; $64,000 for a family of four.
The final tally of the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan will reach at least $3.7 trillion, and could go as high as $4.4 trillion, according to a study done by Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies. Borrowing the money needed to fight the wars will cost an estimated additional $1 trillion through 2020, according to the study.
Its “Costs of War” study group brought together some two dozen academics to account for the wars’ costs — along with their casualties — amid sloppy record-keeping on both fronts. The study says an “extremely conservative” death toll is 225,000, with 365,000 wounded. U.S. dead include 6,000 troops and 2,300 contractors.
The study’s estimate of $4 trillion also includes items not counted by the Pentagon, including homeland security, veterans care and various developmental efforts. Then there is the additional $1 trillion in interest payments on the war debt.
War is expensive has anyone considered that one small point?
Never Has a Society Spent More for Less
When Donald Trump wanted to “do something” about the use of chemical weapons on civilians in Syria, he had the U.S. Navy lob 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield (cost: $89 million). The strike was symbolic at best, as the Assad regime ran bombing missions from the same airfield the very next day, but it did underscore one thing: the immense costs of military action of just about any sort in our era.
While $89 million is a rounding error in the Pentagon’s $600 billion budget, it represents real money for other agencies. It’s more than twice the $38 million annual budget of the U.S. Institute of Peace and more than half the $149 million budget of the National Endowment of the Arts, both slated for elimination under Trump’s budget blueprint. If the strikes had somehow made us — or anyone — safer, perhaps they would have been worth it, but they did not
I am personally sick and tired of the Repubs and their endless prattle about the deficit and then they pass a defense bill that expands the deficit…..they have a racket going…..convince the less educated that spending more money on war will somehow settle the deficit problem.
Only a mental midget would believe such poppycock.
“War Is Good Business…Invest Your Children”