New analysis by the Costs of War Project at Brown University's Watson Center notes that "a full accounting of any war's burdens cannot be placed in columns on a ledger."
Of course we know this, and yet the blatancy still shocks…
"A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom." –
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The diversion of finite resources, increasingly taken from the middle-class and poor while the uber-wealthy enjoy tax cut after tax cut, are taken from civilian priorities and programs, like health care and education infrastructure and environmental protections, rather than the MICC war-machine waste and corruption - that IS a criminal treason, as Prez/General Eisenhower warned against.
"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children." – Dwight David Eisenhower
The theft has metastasized into a crime of vast proportions that reaches into both political parties and most elected representatives, subverted by the utterly destructive mechanisms of "defense"and for-profit wars of choice obscene spending
Money is manufactured for the purpose of growing money. There is no peace dividend. The money system is broken and must be REVOLUTIONIZED.
A profound achievement of “Mission Accomplished, Inc.,” updated to “Make America Great Again.”
ALL of it is a choice. We can acknowledge that health care is a right, not a privilege - just as we can claim that we are NOT helpless before the 100% artificial entities we have named corporations - they are not asteroids.
We need to vote out the government that refused to debate war as Rand Paul proposed earlier this year. We are held hostage by two parties that refuse to include our interests in their governance.
Thanks for picking this up and posting it, Andrea Germanos. This is exactly why being an Anti-War Progressive is so vital, going into the 2018 and 2020 national elections. This is the ELEPHANT in our nation’s living room no one of either party wants to talk about. That has to stop. Progressives must force this conversation into every debate, political forum and state convention in the next election cycles. Even folks running for city council seats must be forced to answer why our country is spending this much money on ENDLESS WAR instead of at home, caring for all our citizens and truly making America great again?
If the current members of Congress, cannot or refuse to answer this question, put some real heat on them. Act like it’s the most important issue facing the 50% of Americans who are slowly headed towards the poor house, because it actually is.
Why did Russia leave Afghanistan? It bankrupt what was the U.S.S.R.
If both parties hold us hostage, do we have any recourse?
No one will know the actual total of money wasted on wars. People don’t want wars, “enemies” must be created. False flags carried out. Propaganda disseminated, then critics are castigated for lack of Patriotism. Soldiers are honored for attacking defenseless civilians abroad. The U.S. Empire is a morally sick nation led by a ruthless Deep State and controlled by a foreign nation masquerading as our ally.
“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.”
― Dwight D. Eisenhower
All courtesy of Dubya and his neocon criminals who got us started. You don’t think we forgot about Captain Smirk, did you?
War is America’s job program.
Actually, this all started with Reagan. He built up the economy by spending billions of dollars with Lockheed, Martin-Marietta, and so on. Remember the $300 Mr. Coffee machines the Pentagon was buying? The ones that were no different in manufacture than the civilian version? But he sent in a “Blue Ribbon” panel, as he called it, and they found no waste in the Pentagon. Reagan claimed public education was failing our kids and sent another "BR’ panel. The panel found that public education wasn’t failing our students, so he quashed the report and continued the narrative anyway. Healthcare was being “wasted” on “malingerers” (his term), pretending to have mental health problems, and so those people were released from the hospitals to become our first homeless. So the arms race he created with the Soviets that nearly bankrupted our country, created a vacuum of sorts when the Soviet Union collapsed under the weight of both their Afghanistan excursion and our arms race. As bills became due he merely printed more money to pay some of what had, at that time, become the largest deficit the US had ever known. That gave us inflation on his way out that his successor couldn’t end unless he approved “New taxes” he swore he wouldn’t when running for president. George II merely followed in Reagan’s footsteps; the Republicans canonized Reagan, and as Dick (aptly named) Cheney cynically remarked in an interview, “Reagan proved deficits don’t matter.”
So here we are with the flourishing of the Republican Party and it’s fruits. There is hope; it seems people are coming around and, at least on the East Coast last night, progressives have a fighting chance. Let’s not blow it folks.
To use a new analogy; this war machine has it’s tentacles in everybody’s lives, kinda like the ‘monster’ in Netflix’s Stranger Things. What a tremendous waste of lives, resources, treasury, civic pride, all while everything crumbles here at home. We are now a nation of abject destroyers, both here and and especially abroad. The other day someone was praising one of Trump’s Generals. All three can’t say they ‘won’ any of the endless wars they were involved in. But the really appalling aspect is how can anyone praise someone that makes a living killing people especially women and children? HOW?? I mean WTF?? Germans stood by while they murdered millions and somehow we too are caught in a government regime engaged in murdering millions. All while good folks go bankrupt trying to pay astronomical medical bills. As the title states almost $6 trillion and we have NOTHING to show for it. At least Louis XIV had a nice palace. Needless to say I’ve been watching Versailles on Netflix late at night. I hope they add the new season.
Excellent post! What more proof do we need that America is an Empire! A world wide, fascist, military, dictatorship?
And the biggest con on the American people is calling it defense, when it is really offense for the war profiteering, war mongers! The only defense, is the defense of the war profiteering, American arms industries and to defend the empire of the economic, elite.
What a racket! What a con! Especially, true since so many Americans are so brainwashed.
War on terror? Let’s not confuse the real reason we’re destroying these countries and people with a war on terror. It’s about time we start refusing to pull the trigger, because it’s not going to stop until we do.
True, because it is not a war on terror…but a war of terror.
I suspect they know this and they actually rely on it for weapons sales. The war hawks have no incentive in beating “swords into plowshares” until we organize to stop them.
I had spent my childhood living in a Communist and Catholic stronghold and remember well huge posters warning us children of these devices with various pictures along with the red hammer and sickle posters. These were left overs from WWII and they were still killing children…