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While Washington’s rhetoric has focused recently on the coming end to the war in Afghanistan, its spending on the conflict is not at all waning.
Between this year and next, the federal government plans to spend nearly $200 billion on the war. If it does so, the U.S. will have spent about $642 billion since 2001 on fighting the Taliban, al-Qaeda and allied groups, local militias and warlords in Afghanistan.
One think tank, the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), characterized the spending commitment for 2012 and 2013 as “incredible” given the lack of controls, plans, auditing and effectiveness employed by the Obama administration to win the war.
Ugh....What a waste of money and lives! Just think what 642 billion dollars could be spent on other than wars! We could feed and clothe people, provide free health care, etc etc etc etc!
Seems to me that with all the talk of ending and slowing down these wars is all BS! I mean if it does spend the 200 billion between this year and next, thats approx 30 percent of the money used to fight these 'wars' will be spent within this year and next! WHY!
It makes me sick to think of the money and resources used just to kill. This is the type of reason why Ron Paul needs to be elected! Bring the troops home, stop wasting money on wars!
Originally posted by navy_vet_stg3
I'm less concerned with the $80-billion/year spent on the war as I am with the American lives lost. It makes me sick to see Bush put us into a war, and NOT let the soldiers fight. Then, we get Obama who makes the ROE even more strict. Thousands of good people dead. Billions of dollars spent. Yet, even with all the money spent on war, the cost is still less than the bank bailouts. Sad state of the country right now.
Originally posted by jimmyx
hey, people love war here in america, we even have a seperate military TV channel devoted to it 24/7...we are an empire, and we don't care how many poor people are homeless, starving, or dieing at home, as loong as we are busting military nut on some foreign country....don't think so?....then why haven't the people of america voted these warmongers out of office?....because america loves WAR!!
Originally posted by jimmyx
well, of course...it's not like that money needs to go to the middle class, housing, or to help the poor. that money needs to go to the large corporations that make massive profits to make sure the 1%'ers get their dividend checks. good thing the republicans in the house authorized that spending, because that shows how frugal they are, right?
now if we just get a republican in the white house and a majority of them in the senate, they can funnel all that wasteful welfare spending into the useful spending on the military. we need to get all those brown people and the poor whites into military garb so we can send them out to protect our corporations around the world. ZEIK HEIL!!...ZEIK HEIL!!...ZEIK HEIL!!
Cost of Iraq war will surpass Vietnam by year's end If Congress approves a request for another $87 billion, the Iraq war will have cost about $694 billion. The Vietnam war cost $686 billion in inflation-adjusted dollars; World War II cost $4 trillion. April 11, 2009|Julian E. Barnes