Pentagon Lied About Cost of War on Terror - Real price tag $5.6 Trillion
The Pentagon earlier this year said it has spent $1.5 Trillion on Post 9/11 wars. That's a helluva a lot. But now Newsweek reports that they grossly lied about the true amount: $5.6 Trillion!
The Department of Defense reported earlier this year that it had spent around $1.5 trillion on conflicts, including putting putting troops on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan, air raids in Syria and Iraq to battle the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) and a drone campaign and raids against extremists in Pakistan.
But that figure appears to underplay the real cost of war for the American taxpayer, at least according to the Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs at Brown University. It puts the total cost at $5.6 billion, or $23,000 per taxpayer. [...]
The study examines not only the money spent by the Pentagon but also the State Department, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Homeland Security, for resources dedicated to the “war on terrorism.”
The total costs include financial support for allies in the battle against extremist groups, mostly from eastern Europe, such as Croatia, Georgia, Hungary, Poland, and Romania, and a trillion dollars added for the care of veterans who may have received injuries in the conflicts.
The U.S. has spent 16 years in Afghanistan, a conflict that is set to continue with President Donald Trump announcing in September an expansion of the U.S. military presence there to battle the Taliban and ISIS.
That's 3.6 times more than the "estimate" the Pentagon chose to reveal. Plus we already know that the Pentagon cannot account for over 8.5 Trillion in spending between 1996-2012, either evidence of astonishing incompetence, corruption or most likely both.
You want to know why we didn't get single payer healthcare that Obama promised, or even one with a public option? You want to know why Obama was so hot to create a Grand Bargain with the Republicans to cut the safety net? Maybe having to spend a grossly excessive amount on these unnecessary aggressive wars to "protect our freedoms" (dog whistle for make sure government contractors can get filthy rich off our military killing millions of innocent people) is one possible answer. Guess you can see why the Pentagon didn't want to reveal the true cost to our nation of these senseless, criminal wars.
Imagine how much money $5.6 Trillion represents. It's a little less than one third (32.9 percent) of the expected 2017 GDP for the United States of $17 Trillion. Money that we could have spent investing in our people and infrastructure and improving the "general welfare" was just pissed away to make a few corporations absurdly profitable and sustain the careers of generals and bureaucrats in the intelligence community, K-Street lobbyists, Neocons employed at "Think Tanks" and of course help replenish keep the campaign funds of numerous politicians - both Republicans and Democrats. Oh and did I say to kill millions of people who's only crime was to be in the way of our Military Indistrial Complex? That, too.
Not proud to say I'm and American. Not one bit.