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New Study Details 'Staggering' $6 Trillion (and Counting) Price Tag of Endless US War


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New Study Details 'Staggering' $6 Trillion (and Counting) Price Tag of Endless US War

Julia Conley, staff writer

While the human costs will remain impossible to calculate, a new analysis shows that the Pentagon barely scratched the surface of the financial costs of U.S. wars since September 11, 2001 when it released its official estimate last August regarding how much the U.S. has spent on fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and elsewhere.


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Bipartisanship at its best.

By the way, is anyone counting the value of half million people we killed over this period?
The maimed?
The refugees?
The toxins scattered everywhere?


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I can hardly begin to describe how totally screwed up this never ending war business is. It is hard to imagine a just resolution to the mess, but it would probably have to begin with a widespread acknowledgement that the chief decision makers in the process are likely intentionally committing criminal acts. As with healthcare and health “insurance”, military spending is an avenue for grifters in fancy suits to bilk the public out of millions and billions, now even trillions of dollars. When key politicians routinely lie about critical issues such as ‘national security’ and major media reports on these issues as if the government was really doing the best it possibly could, we are deep into a web of lies that completely hides the truth. The way the military industrial complex is run is mostly about making lots of profits for a few privileged businesses and persons. ‘Defending our freedom’ is not even on the list of the real reasons for this enterprise. And it is largely the same in healthcare. The way the system is set up and works is mainly to generate huge profits for a few, and the care provided patients is just enough to keep people from clearly realizing the very shady nature of the whole enterprise. Until we acknowledge we are not even close to “doing the best we can”, until we admit these programs are designed and run by fraudulent profit seekers, we will not be even close to finding any reasonable solutions. Yet the public is so propagandized as we descend into fascism that any cries against the exploitation are generally rebuked as unpatriotic, when the exact opposite is true. Truth, what is truth?


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Cut up their “War Credit Card” and don’t allow them to get another. There is no reason to give an abuser a way to fund their project which should have been terminated years ago, that they cannot pay back! Bad risk for the Lender.


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This is the time worn path to the collapse of nations. We are well on the way.


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This of course only a fraction of the dollars spent on the Military by the USA. The Pentagon is not including all of the other direct military costs of the warfare state.

As example due to these wars against non conventional Militaries the US Military spent 10s of billions to build Mine resistant Vehicles. They have more then they would ever need for use in Iraq and Afhanistan but decided as a matter of policy all further purchases of such vehicles would be Mine Resistant and existing ones retrofitted to be made so. At the same time the fact these vehicles now all mine resistant is of no use against Conventional Militaries.

They built a 13 billion dollar aircraft carrier that is great for pounding third world countries from off shore with their aircraft , but the planes that fly off it have less range then the missiles of first rate military powers meaning they can be engaged beofre they get in range to use their aircraft. They now have to build all manner of new weapon systems to try and protect this 13 billion dollar asset.

When one compares the cost to build aircraft in WW2 even adjusted FOR inflation each plane was a fraction of what a single Aircraft costs today as more and more layers of technology added. These new aircraft have so much invested in them and so heavily ties to technology , Countries like China and Russia recognize that it much cheaper to invest in technologies that can neutralize these aircraft. If a malware attack developed for 5000$$ can take down a 10 Billion dollar a year business hen something just as cheap can neutralize a 135 million dollar aircraft. This leads to the Pentagon having to spend billions more each year adding layers of security to protect the backbone that these high tech weapons rely on.

This a report issued by a bi-partisan committee of Democrats AND Republicans. Now I recognize this as pure propaganda designed to alarm the USA into spending even more on its Military and in spite of it spending 700 billion a year plus, this report calls for exactly that but read between the lines.

These very same people likely called for more spending on things like 13 billion dollar aircraft carriers and 135 million dollar fighter jets a decade or two back. They are now saying that Russia and China have eroded the edge these sytems were supposed to have brought so now MORE spending needed. In esssence without coming out and and saying it they are admitting that things like a 13 billion dollar aircraft carrier was a waste of money even as it just undergoes sea trials (where it is breaking down) so the US should waste yet more money on more new systems.

They want to remove any spending caps on the Military , even as they claim there no money and Social program spending must be cut to make huge investmens in technologies that will be obsolete the day the new weapon systems finally launched.

It fucking insanity but if one recognizes that this generates HUGE profits for the Corporations (The owners of which complain about Government spending on Social programs) anyone with a lick of common sense understands what it really about .


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This appears to be second generation lackies to the continuation of the “New World Order” project. Our kids will be paying the taxes that support the cabal that oversees all of this war on terror scam.
And I suppose if they suck us into Iran or N. Korea their blood as well.


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We’ve known about Pentagon lies and their misleading waste calculations since end of WWII and the Korean wars. “War is a racket”. We also know about the rocketing of the Pentagon building that supposedly housed the books blaming it on the Boeing 757 flown by some plastic wielding arab terrorists bull shit story. There isn’t a shred of evidence to prove the building was struck by a 757 at all.


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Yeah well that’s the reason for GOP’s targeting social security and medicare to support the war machine with it the incalculable tragic waste in in human lives and property. American government manipulators have been the enemy of Americans not the AL Qaeda or the ISIS they were created by Israeli Mossad and US CIA.


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This obscenity is a theft, as Prez/General Dwight Eisenhower likened the diversion of resources from the civilian sector to the military in 1953 , to the MICC - the Military Industrial Congressional Complex - a theft from the people to benefit a narrow sector that has grown hydra-like to have tentacles into the Congress, every state, every Congressional district, masquerading as “defense” or “patriotism”, when it IS A CRIME - a crime to enrich those connected while the vast majority are deprived - deprived of health care, education, civilian jobs, homes and so much else - a crime of vast proportions that has become sanctified thru propaganda lies and wars of choice that has made America an enemy to peace and diplomacy!

Since his prescient words of wisdom and truth, we as a nation have been robbed, our future stolen by war and purveyors of endless for-profit war, and the instruments of war, that have diverted these trillions to war and death from a vibrant and alive nation of diverse peoples! His words are even more critical now than when he spoke them and the theft has increased exponentially to become the most egregious crime in history! Paid-for by taxpayers, created by warmongers, sanctified by Congress, motivated by greed and condoned/supported by a population conditioned to the theft from themselves and their children by jingoism and a rabid militarism that makes slaves of us all.

" 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.

"The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some fifty miles of concrete pavement. We pay for a single fighter with a half-million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people. . . . This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron." – Dwight David Eisenhower


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Watson Institute report, that is true, but the fact is nothing will stop the military, war mongering, racket until it becomes unsustainable!


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Medicare for all? Are you crazy? Where will you get the money to pay for it ??


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Anyone with common sense knew all this was a financial disaster. I’m sure all of the defense contractors, their financiers and political sponsors were not struggling like the rest of us during the many years after the 2008 financial crisis. They were having a field day at our expense. Not only did we get screwed by the banks and government in 2008, but we end up taking on the debt for these insane wars. How many mansions, luxurious vacations, etc, etc did the war profiteers receive at our expense? Of course, this is a massive scandal and we the taxpayer must pick up the bill again but we apparently have so little power to bring to justice to the criminals in our nation who have perpetrated this fraud.


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It seems to be unsustainable for the victims of these wars but I guess they don’t count with the big boys in Washington.


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It’s a “price tag” to taxpayers, but it’s incredible profit for the Carlyle Group and the oligarchs of the MIC, so don’t imagine anything will change.


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Powerful Statement!


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If one thinks 9/11 was not a false flag; then let me ask: $5.9 trillion! Cui Bono!


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This is all just another form of slavery disguised as a democracy.


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Stop their ability to lobby and fund politicians!


#20

Pelosi for speaker. Same old thing with the same old results.