US TAXPAYERS FOOTING THE BILL OF WAR – War is a costly business, but extremely profitable if you happen to be one of the US Governments defense contractors or you happen to own shares in one of them.
Figures are now being released as to the costs, to date, for the war on terror; as the Bush Administration like to call it. From 2001 to 2013 the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been labeled as the most expensive wars in history with a current price tag of US$6 trillion; and it’s not over yet.
It is often easy to trip over figures and even dismiss them due to the vastness of the overall sum, but broken down, at US$6 trillion this equates to every man, woman and child in the US paying a little over US$17,000 each; and that is just the tip of the iceberg.
The Iraqi war, which most now openly acknowledge as illegal and that was initiated by the Bush Administration under the pretense of fighting terrorism, where in fact it was always about getting access to vast reserves of oil, has cost the US Taxpayer over US2 trillion and this cost continues to rise at a staggering rate each and every day.
It gets worse… conservative estimates put the total cost somewhere in the US$6 to $8 trillion mark due to the on-going costs of medical care for our military personnel that will dominate the Federal budgets for countless decades to come.
There is no question that we must take care of our military personnel, that should never be questioned considering these people are thrown into conflict zones on the order of their commanders in order to product our liberty and freedom.
The cost of caring for military personnel so far during the Iraqi and Afghanistan conflicts account to US$134 billion since the year 2000; covering costs of health care and disability allowances. The cost will not stop there and it is expected that over the next 40 years the costs could rise to nearly US$1 trillion.
Considering the US and the British were conned into the Iraqi War by Bush and Blair, I for one would like to see their earnings from this conflict; that is their stock and shareholdings in the multiple defense contractor companies. On top of that it would be nice to know exactly how much oil the US and UK will acquire in result of their illegal invasion of a sovereign country.
It was only recently that the ex-Deputy Prime Minister, Lord Prescott admitted to the British public that there was clear evidence that no Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD’s) existed and therefore his statement simply verified what most of had long held as a suspicion… the War on Iraq was illegal.
To date neither George W. Bush or Tony Blair have been held accountable for their war crimes, and knowing how governments work and the fact that so many were involved in the deceit, it is unlikely they will ever face trail, for what is nothing less than mass murder.
Of course Bush and Blair are both incredibly wealthy and it is without question that neither will ever suffer the hardship experienced by the taxpayers, nor the pain of those brave souls that served their country.
Of the service personnel involved in both the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts more than half of the 1.5 million troops have been discharged with various injuries or mental issues. All of these have, rightfully so, been given medical treatment at VA hospitals, although so say that the standard of care is below what should be expected.
“The Financial Legacy of Iraq and Afghanistan: How Wartime Spending Decisions Will Constrain Future National Security Budgets. An estimated one-third of veterans returning from deployment have been diagnosed with mental health issues and 253,000 troops have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), to name just two of the major medical issues confronting those returning from the battlefield.” Professor Blimes
Considering the current cost of the conflicts and the fact that it is far from over, either in a military or cost sense, is it little wonder why the Public Debt of the US Government now stands at an almost inconceivable US$16.7 trillion – or approximately US$45,000 for each man, woman and child in the US?
With the current amount of debt it is plain to see that the days ahead, for the US economy, are bleak. While the average household struggles to pay the bills and keep up with the Inland Revenue Service (IRS) is it any wonder the US public, like the UK public is completely disillusioned and fears for the future of their children?
The War on Iraq was all smoke and mirrors. Bush and his administration promoted fear of increased terrorist attacks if Saddam Hussein was not removed from power. It was an illusion and tactic of carefully planned misdirection that convinced the US and UK public that Saddam had to be removed for internal security purposes, while Bush and Blair plotted on the true course of the conflict, the oil, and how it would be carved up to sustain our dependence on the resource.
It is clear that this is going to cost more than was ever initially expected and the US public are going to have to continue paying for the war crimes that Bush and Blair committed.