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War’s High Price Tag

Posted by on March 9, 2010 at 3:07 pm.

As US involvement in the Iraq and Afghan wars drags on, the price tag keeps going higher. In Iraq a total of 4287  American troops have lost their  lives have been lost as well as 30,182  Americans wounded through 2009.  In Afghanistan there has been a total of  936 Americans killed and 5130 wounded as of March 3, 2010.  Civilian casualties run into the hundreds of thousands if not more than a million depending on who you believe.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casualties_of_the_Iraq_War  As of fiscal year 2010 the total cost for the Iraq war is 706 billion. The price tag for the Afghan war is 300 billion through 2010. http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0933935.html  This does not include long term health care for returning veterans which is estimated to be 350 billion to 700 billion for the Iraq war alone. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Financial_cost_of_the_Iraq_War  What a terrible waste of lives and treasure. How many children will never get to see their father or mother again? How many families have been destroyed due to a spouse being off to war too long to maintain healthy relationships?  http://current.com/items/88993771_divorce-rates-among-troops-soaring.htm The request for 2011 defense spending is 1.003-1.223 trillion. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_budget_of_the_United_States This does not include spending on the Iraq and Afghan wars!  This is money this country does not have. Trillions of dollars of debt means tens if not hundreds of billions in interest to be paid to foreigners and the banksters at the Fed.  What would a trillion dollars buy? A trillion dollars would pay off all federal student loan debt with about a half a trillion leftover. The remaining money could then could then pay all federal student loans for the next 4 or 5 years. http://www.educationsector.org/analysis/analysis_show.htm?doc_id=964333 A trillion dollars would pay off all state budget deficits for 2010 and 2011 with 625 billion to spare. http://www.cbpp.org/cms/?fa=view&id=711  A trillion dollars would payoff every credit card in the U.S. with over a 100 billion to spare.  http://www.marketwatch.com/story/write-offs-are-driving-decline-in-credit-card-debt-2010-03-09?siteid=YAHOOBA trillion dollars would pay all or nearly all federal personal income tax for the 2009 tax year. A trillion dollars is enough to give every American man , woman and child 3240 dollars.  Keep in mind we are spending not just a trillion but trillion$ on war. Wake up America.  What are we accomplishing but turning our children and grandchildren into debt slaves. Remember the words of US Marine Major General Smedley Butler: “War is a racket.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_is_a_racket   Once again I ask: “Where’s the outrage?”        To leave a comment click on comments or click on the title of this blog (War’s High Price Tag).

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