Posts Tagged ‘Cost of War’

U.S. spent over 1.4 Trillion in the aftermath of 9/11; U.S. Soldiers Pay the Price; Food Stamps Cut out of Budget by House Republicans

July 24, 2013

Feeding the poor in America through “Food Stamps” has been cut out of the Agricultural bill just passed by Congress. We’ve spent 90 Billion dollars in aid to Afghanistan since 2002. Over 40 Million Americans receive food stamps.They rely on this program for a little food to feed themselves and their family members. And a total war cost in Afghanistan at 644,347,384,000 since the beginning. The war with Iraq and Afghanistan has cost over 1.4 Trillion Dollars.
Over 6,717 U.S.soldiers have lost their lives, and over 50,000 were wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. Over 25,000 soldiers suffer from Traumatic Brain Injuries. More than 624,000 veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan have filed disability claims, Military Times reported in January. More than two-thirds of all applications for benefits take the VA more than 125 days to process.These costs can not be measured. Their families have and are suffering now and long into the future. There has never been a “Declaration of War” on either Iraq or Afghanistan by Congress. How many Iraqi citizens and Afghani citizens have been killed or wounded, no one knows. They suffer because of where they live. For no other reason.

food stamp recipients

American cities are going bankrupt. One in four bridges in America need repair, total cost estimated to be over 140 Billion. 56,000 manufacturing facilities in the United States shut down since 2001.Read more:

U.S. rankings:

1. Health Care: Number 38 in the World. Iraq is Number 104, Afghanistan is Number 173 out of a total of 190 countries.
2. Mother’s Index: U.S. ranks 30th. Iraq is Number 113, and Afghanistan is Number 145.
3. Elder Care: The U.S. is not even ranked in the top 20 nations of the world.

The U.S. response to 9/11 by bombing Afghanistan, then invading Iraq (a preemptive strike due to the U.S. faking that Iraq had Weapons of Mass Destruction) has led to the financial collapse of the U.S. economy (but not the “War Economy”, that is going strong with profits for corporations that build war weapons). The U.S. has lost its “Moral Compass”. A land built on “Laws” now determines what laws it follows, and declares that their actions abide by the laws when in fact they are breaking the laws.
Torturing people that were kidnapped from their homeland and take to Guantanamo prison; killing innocent civilians through the use of Drone missiles; and Edward Snowden brings out the World gathering of all communication through NSA’s Metadata collections. War crimes for sure. But who’s to bring charges? Dr. Francis Boyle did and Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and others were found GUILTY OF WAR CRIMES (posted on this site).

How do we save America? That is the question.

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Cost of Empire: Remember Kosovo? Why we are Bankrupt

September 2, 2009

Remember Kosovo? No not the song, the WAR. Well, here’s what we get when we are all done with the fighting and nationbuilding. From a 2003 Report. We’ve come a long way, Baby.

Multiply this by IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN, and now PAKISTAN, and add whatever else comes up in the future (Iran, North Korea?). It costs real MONEY to keep these bases going.

EXAMPLE: Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfield noted during a June 2001 visit that Camp Bondsteel incurs a $148M cost per year

Close-up View, Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo

Another view, closer up, Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo

Camp Bondsteel was constructed by the 94th Engineer Construction Battalion together with the private Kellogg, Brown and Root Corporation (KBR) under the direction of the Army Corps of Engineers. KBR is also the prime contractor for the operation of the camp. The camp is built mainly of wooden, semi permanent SEA (South East Asia) huts and is surrounded by a 8 foot high earthen wall. The camp occupies 955 acres of land. To construct the base two hills were lopped off and the valley between them was filled with the resulting material.

Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo

Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo

Camp Bondsteel is the main base of the United States Army under KFOR command in Kosovo. Located near the town of Uroševac (Ferizaj) in the eastern part of Kosovo, the base serves as the NATO headquarters for KFOR’s Multinational Task Force East (MNTF-E). The base is named after Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipient United States Army Staff Sergeant James L. Bondsteel.

David Isenberg, a senior analyst with the Washington-based British American Security Information Council (BASIC), has a wide background in arms control and national security issues writes
“…Part of this redistribution
is what author Chalmers Johnson calls “Baseworld”. Johnson writes: “It’s not easy to assess the size or exact value of our empire of bases. Official records on these subjects are misleading, although instructive. According to the Defense Department’s annual ‘Base Structure Report’ for fiscal year 2003, which itemizes foreign and domestic US military real estate, the Pentagon currently owns or rents 702 overseas bases in about 130 countries and has another 6,000 bases in the US and its territories. Pentagon bureaucrats calculate that it would require at least [US]$113.2 billion to replace just the foreign bases – surely far too low a figure, but still larger than the gross domestic product of most countries – and an estimated $592 billion to replace all of them. The military high command deploys to its overseas bases some 253,288 uniformed personnel, plus an equal number of dependents and Department of Defense civilian officials, and employs an additional 44,446 locally hired foreigners. The Pentagon claims that these bases contain 44,870 barracks, hangars, hospitals, and other buildings, which it owns, and that it leases 4,844 more.

“These numbers, although staggeringly large, do not begin to cover all the actual bases that we occupy globally. The 2003 Base Status Report fails to mention, for instance, any garrisons in Kosovo – even though it is the site of the huge Camp Bondsteel, built in 1999 and maintained ever since by Kellogg, Brown & Root. The report similarly omits bases in Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Qatar and Uzbekistan, although the US military has established colossal base structures throughout the so-called arc of instability in the two-and-a-half years since September 11.”

Write to your Congress Member and Senators, tell them NO MORE TROOPS FOR AFGHANISTAN, NO MORE MONEY FOR IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN, and PAKISTAN, bring our Troops home now.

Your State Government is Broke: War Funding is Why

September 1, 2009

The Cost of War is a hard figure to come by. Some say the U.S. will spend 100 MILLION in Iraq and 100 MILLION in Afghanistan today September 1, 2009. Some say much more when you figure the care of the wounded and mentally disabled soldiers returning from the battlefields.

Please take the time to Go Here: Cost of War
You can put in your state and see how much it has cost your state since 2001 to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. You can even put in your CITY and see how much it cost your city to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Give it a try. This is why the libraries are being shut one day a week, and some City Halls are being shut one day a week, and other state agencies, like the Dept. of Motor Vehicles, etc.

This week, we will hear the call for more troops for Afghanistan. We will be told we must defeat the Terrorists there so they don’t come here (heard that one before?).

There is no WINNING through our presence there. We, the U.S. government and our states and cities and our people are all going broke supporting the EMPIRE. Bring home our troops home NOW, no more funding. Send an email to your Congress Member or Senators from this link PLEASE.

Swat Valley Residents Return to Ruins

August 20, 2009

Leaving Malakland before Pakistan Military bombardment

Leaving Malakland before Pakistan Military bombardment

If you live in any city besides New York or Los Angeles (maybe Chicago) in the United States, the Pakistan Military action in Swat Valley has moved your whole town out of the area. At the U.S. instistance, the Pakistan Military “went after the Taliban” and all the population became “displaced”, meaning “they took off”. Some went to relatives in nearby areas, some went to the nearest “government camp”. Now, after over one month of shellings, bombings, and neighborhood sweeps, the Pakistan government says it is safe to return, the Taliban are gone. Well, everything else is gone too. No livestock, no crops, major buildings and roads destroyed. Come back to what?

DAWN.COM | Pakistan | Return to ruins

Imagine Houston,,Phoenix, Philadelphia, San Antonio, Dallas, San Diego, San Jose, Detroit, San Francisco, Jacksonville (populations from 2.2 Million down to Jacksonville’s 800,000) all being put in this same state of destruction. People are returning to the neighborhoods only to find broken streets and bombed buildings. No water, no electricity. Almost 1/2 of the people forced to leave will have to spend the winter in tents OVER ONE MILLION PEOPLE will not return before the end of winter. SNOW. WHY?

“We had to destroy the village to save it”, remember that quote from the Viet Nam war? OUT NOW.