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The commission on wartime contracting blamed an over-reliance on contractors, poor planning and fraud for the waste
the report's authors warn that investments in the two countries could be wasted even after US involvement there ends.
Among the examples cited were a $40m prison for Iraq that the country did not want and was never completed
$300m was poured into a sophisticated power plant in Kabul which the Afghan government will not be able to run, and a programme worth $11.4bn of facilities
According to a recent Brown University study, the wars and their ripple effects have cost the United States $3.7 trillion, or more than $12,000 per American.
including everything from personnel and equipment to training Iraqi and Afghan security forces and deploying intelligence- gathering drones — had cost an average of $9.7 billion a month, with roughly two-thirds going to Afghanistan.
Originally posted by Bobaganoosh
It is because these war mongers don the guise of the faithful whilst the people praise their fake values. It is hopeless. Our money will continue to be wasted. It is all they know how to do.
Originally posted by ModernAcademia
Report: $3.7 Trillion For U.S. Wars, $12,000 Per Person
What's even worse is that this will just continue as people yell "Increase debt ceiling"
Originally posted by Aim64C
I wouldn't say we need to simply up and leave.
The problem is that once you commit to something, you really have to carry it through to some recognizable form of completion. If we simply pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan, neither country will last very long before being taken over by warlords again and undoing anything that has been done there.
I loathe hearing this argument with every inch of my soul
If their intentions were not for peace before it won't be for peace NOW
If North Korea invaded the U.S. to impeach Obama because of all the wars and secret corrupt bankers deals and occupied the U.S.
and then havoc occured, molotov cocktails everywhere, burning cars, mass rape, mass graves and murder and then how would you like it if North Korea said.. well... umm....this is fairly chaotic, I think we need to stay a little longer.