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We Have Spent $32 Million Per Hour on War Since 2001


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We Have Spent $32 Million Per Hour on War Since 2001

Stephanie Savell

This March marked the 15th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

In 2003, President George W. Bush and his advisers based their case for war on the idea that Saddam Hussein, then dictator of Iraq, possessed weapons of mass destruction — weapons that have never been found. Nevertheless, all these years later, Bush’s “Global War on Terror” continues — in Iraq and in many other countries.


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“Why would the US government attack itself? It makes no sense.”

  • your average Joe, regarding 9/11

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Seen from a certain perspective, the headline reads: “Mission Accomplished.”


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“[Y]our average Joe” believes that the U.S. had nothing to do with it. Even if the facts don’t add up, Joe believes what he wants and goes back to sleepwalking.


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When will the public realize that in spite of the oligarchy’s liberal bashing propaganda, conservatives Republican and Democrat are squarely to blame for the bloody wars, millions of deaths and sorry state of affairs in America?


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The greatest purveyor of death on planet earth: The US MIC.


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We Have Spent $32 Million Per Hour on War Since 2001

Meaning military contractors, arms suppliers, and the military have made (and continue to make) a crap-load of money. This is a major reason the never-ending US wars with impunity, are likely to continue. This and the disproportionate influence these profiteers of mass murder have on Democrat/Republican Party policy.


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If the 9-11 perps have not been brought to justice by now then they never will be. Capitalism hangs on the big lie of 9-11. I think the average Joe knows exactly who is responsible. Old people won’t allow themselves to hear the truth generally, being deeply entrenched into the controlled msm fake fear factor approach.


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Is it worth it? Depends on who is asked. We are assuming the “war on terror” is actually about terrorism. It’s definitely about US terrorism on the rest of the world. But it’s arguable whether our interventions make us safer. One may see our intervention as just unipolarity or global hegemony. The war is worth it to the “defense” industry, of course.


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The USA long ago quitely morphed into a defacto military dicatorship with pseudo-democratic window dressing.

Our government is, more than anything else, an extortion scheme, garnishing 40% or more our wages, spending them on bullets, bombs, and barbed wire, delivering industrial scale death to the poorest nations on earth.


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Can’t argue with this article, it is indeed a waste of money and lives including so many hideously wounded.
But the “peace movement” in the US and the world seems weaker than ever. Why? And how is to be revived? I hope that is the subject of a article soon to appear.


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hey lets sacrifice all moral societal balance and just buy bombs… thats essentially what the admin is doing


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Touche!


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WTF???


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There are no net positives from either the Iraq or Afghanistan Wars. The wars have been counterproductive. This is why the US created 911 to begin with, so it would create unheard of profit for a very elite few. Same with the mortgage derivatives crisis.

People, you have been had.


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From the article:

“The U.S.-led coalition is seen not as a liberating force, but as an aggressor. This has fomented insurgent recruitment, and there are now more terrorist groups in the Middle East than ever before.”

Almost as if by design, eh? Terrorism—the gift that keeps on giving (to a select few only).


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Bingo.


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$848 billion was spent on social services to low-income citizens in 2015 (Congressional Research Service), and according to this report, about $330 billion a year for 17 years (for a total of $5.6 trillion) was spent on the “war on terror”. 40% of 848 is about 330. War is big business. It was a bad investment. What did we get from invading Iraq or Afghanistan? Nothing.


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No: Suddam having WMD was not the reason for taking direct control of Iraqi oil lands. That was the admitted lie.

No: there is no desire to diminish the war of terror, as it provides the emotional drive for the perpetual rubber stamping of the pentagon’s blank check. And many U.S. Citizens are happy with their slice of that pie…even if it means their children cower in fear in the classroom and are held at gun point during active shooter charades.

End the war of terror for arms profiteering and profiteering…by the likes of Russia’s LukOil no less!..for piping middle east gas and oil (see TAPI, see Iraq southern oil fields) to China and India.

Or happily gobble up your slice of the pie.