US Has Spent $5,900,000,000,000 On War Since 2001… – Eco Snippets

US Has Spent $5,900,000,000,000 On War Since 2001…

US Has Spent $5,900,000,000,000 On War Since 2001...

A new report from Brown University is aiming to provide a close estimate of the overall cost to the US government of its myriad post-9/11 wars and assorted global wars on terror. The estimate is that $5.933 trillion has been spent through fiscal year 2019.

This is, of course, vastly higher than official figures, owing to the Pentagon trying to oversimplify the costs into simply overseas contingency operations. It is only when one considers the cost of medical and disability care for soldiers, and future such costs, along with things like the interest on the extra money borrowed for the wars, that the true cost becomes clear.

US Has Spent $5,900,000,000,000 On War Since 2001...

That sort of vast expenditure is only the costs and obligations of the wars so far, and with little sign of them ending, they are only going to grow. In particular, a generation of wars is going to further add to the medical costs for veterans’ being consistently deployed abroad.

US Has Spent $5,900,000,000,000 On War Since 2001...

Starting in late 2001, the US has engaged in wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Yemen, and elsewhere around the world. Many of those wars have become more or less permanent operations, with no consideration of ending them under any circumstances.

US Has Spent $5,900,000,000,000 On War Since 2001...

Those wishing to read the report can find it here. By Jason Ditz / Republished with permission / ANTIWAR.COM

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This could of fixed every single economic/societal issue in the United States if properly distributed.

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    Brett Colonna no, it couldn’t. Social program spending shadows this. And is immoral to boot.

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    No it couldn’t have. Without safety there wouldn’t be any “economic/societal” issues because we would have REAL war on our shores from hostile countries. The ONLY thing keeping these “death to America” asshol*s at bay is or military or threat of military!!!

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    So you’re saying 6 thousand trillion couldn’t fix our infrastructure, House our needy, feed the hungry, or educate the less fortunate? And as for hostile countries coming to our shores, you need to stop drinking the Koolaid and put down the Red Dawn VHS.

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    Brett Colonna 6 thousand trillion huh? lol If you think for one second that the wolves would not be breaking our doors down the second they saw an opportunity you’re completely naive and ignoring reality.

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    Vanessa Centeno * our

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    Brad Adcock this is a paranoid delusion and if the wolves come to our doors it’s probably because we’ve been in their homes for so long. Do you really think we are the good guys just cause it keeps your butt safe at night?

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    Brett Colonna if we used the money we spend on entertainment we could do even more. We tried your approach after world war 1 and it gave us world war 2.

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    Ronald Malaney thanks for the fake history

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This is pretty silly to compare . War not only creates jobs but look at all the loot they take . It’s simply a money machine .

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    Cris Ward yes, it’s a business.

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When you think the British wanted to put a couple of extra pennies tax on tea to pay for their defense and they revolted over it.

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We wouldn’t have to spend so much if the world didn’t rely on the United States as the world police, all the other countries, except for a few specific ones, make the United States pay for their military security.

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    Thomas Cook thank you. Take Americas number down, and the rest would instantly rise.

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    Thomas Cook exactly what Trump is trying to do!!!

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    No stop trying to buy friends and keep Pitt out

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    No! It is about creaming off the money to your elites, the arms don’t work half the time and the cost is massively over the value. It is fraud on a massive scale and the public are suckers!

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    THe world does not rely on America to be the world’s police. The world is sick of America starting needless wars and losing every wara it ever starts.

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    American military is the single biggest fossil-fuel glutten in the world, and is destroying the world, not policiing it. Most wars now are a result of underlying climate change caused by fossil-fuels, and climate-change is killing the world.

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    We’d like the US government to take all her military weapons, personnel, 1400 silos (dotted around Europe and directed at Russia) back to the US. If she wants to fight with the Russians can she do it the other side of the world and leave us out of it. How about using the UN as a force to police the world, a collective, rather than one nation taking it upon itself to interfere or think it knows better.

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It’s not insane. It keeps you safe at night. And, if you don’t want to piss people off and lose followers, I’d suggest sticking to your subject and staying out of politics.

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    Sorry but politics is always up for debate

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    Jl Williams And it’s always going to alienate 50% of a page’s followers when that’s not what the page is for. It’s not smart for the page, period.

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Freedom has a price people…..Some even give their lives…..So before you worry about the money, which is just money, try respecting the efforts made by our fallen for your freedom, and the lives they gave up for you.

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    The irony is you are probably against using taxes to pay for programs to feed the hungry, house the homeless, and provide for education in trade or academic routes, because “where is the money coming from?”

    All of the above are needed to protect our freedom as well, for if you are hunger, uneducated, and homeless, or near homeless, you have no power, no voice, no freedom. You are just a tool to be used and disposed of by the wealthy who own most of the wealth in this country. You do not have any freedom or liberty, you have work schedules, and if you are lucky, time to sleep.

    You don’t have a right to the pursuit of happiness, you have task of providing happiness for those above you, and being told you are happy to do it.

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    Nathaniel Lussier You don’t know me. I help at the homeless shelters, with my time, and money. I am 67 years old and have supported many causes, including paying taxes, since working at a very young age. My family and friends were killed in the war. I know what it takes to keep this country free. If our military isn’t strong, then NOTHING ELSE MATTERS. Our country will be taken over by others and we will do their type of”freedom”….you don’t know hunger….you don’t know persecution until you experience it. I don’t know what your post is insinuating, or how you think that is who I am, but since I see you are against the military and the wealthy, that you have not served in our military or buried a member of your family that died on foreign soil for freedom. IIF YOU CAN’T FIND HAPPINESS IN YOUR OWN LIFE IT’S YOUR OWN FAULT……DON’T BLAME THE MILITARY, THE WEALTHY OR EVEN THE GOVERNMENT ……..IT’S YOUR OWN FAULT………..

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    Marsha Folk I love how you tell me I don’t know you as a defense, then you tell me all about me.

    I aint against the military. I am against the military being used as a tool to make a select few more wealthy, at the expense of lives, American and Foreign. The only thing American military intervention has done since WW2 is make the world more dangerous and less stable.

    That is not the fault of the military, but of politicians using the military as a tool to enrich themselves and certain industries.

    We can have a strong military that is not invading every continent sans Antarctica, and being tasked by the steel industry, the weapon producers, and oil barons of the US to invade and shoot brown people.

    In fact, all of that crap weakens our military, because it over extends what we have. We are paying to much for weapons, that we use way to much. You claim our military is about defending our freedom, but why has the US military been used exclusively since Korea as an invasion force to force our ideals on foreign countries? How has that made us safer? From where I am sitting, it has only put the US in more danger.

    I am glad you have the privilege to enjoy the benefits of happiness, of being able to have such an absolute attitude that if you support the military, then you are doing everything right. That service is everything, etc etc etc… However, that is not the real world, it is real to you as those are your experiences, but you should be aware that most Americans today do not have those experiences. Most Americans live in constant uncertainty of if they will have a job tomorrow, or will a new machine make them irrelevant. Will there week to week fluctuating schedule work for both their jobs, and still allow them time to spend with their kids.

    Will they even get enough hours to pay rent?

    When people are in constant fear of losing everything, becoming happy is impossible, because how do you enjoy something when you know, that tomorrow, a rich dude miles away can decide that your job is not profitable anymore, and bam you are laid off. You can not find a job that pays enough to make rent, and next thing you know, you are living in a car.

    See, I do help the homeless, I do participate in programs that help them. I know many of them, and I know their stories. I know the stories of people on the edge of homelessness. I know the people who have been unemployed for decades, not because they are bad workers, they work hard in everything they do, but because what they learned to do was phased out by technological advancement, and they can not afford to learn a new trade.

    I also know you probably have not read this far, and if you have, you have already formed your reply, whatever it may be, because it is easier for a person to shout RAH RAH ARMY YEAH! then it is to acknowledge a systematic abuse of our government, military, and American citizens, and to acknowledge our own complicity in such abuses. But hey I just blame the military and rich dudes right?

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If only the real world would just stop hassling and wanting what is ours……

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I’d love the explanation on how spending trillions in Afghanistan or Yemen or Syria keeps us safe. It’s a terrorist recruiting boost for sure and that doesn’t do squat for our safety. You’ve bought in to the military industrial narrative if you believe our safety is a driver for this gross overspending.

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    it keeps us safe because it forces those who want to kill us in those regions to focus there violence on the soldiers on the ground instead of focusing on ways to attack American civilians in your own country.

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    Jon Wills Not buying it. Syria’s army can’t make it here let alone the despot terrorists. Same with all the middle east. We are growing terrorists, the only real threat those countries present. We are creating millions who want to kill us who wouldn’t give a rip about us if weren’t killing their families with bombs.

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    The US is one of the biggest International weapons dealers in the world. US companies make trillions annually by encouraging wars around the world, to keep selling weapons to the armies. Your politicians and CIA retire with shares in these companies. It’s nothing about peace keeping or safety, it’s about money. Poor countries (razed by war) also make for cheap manufacturing centres, keeping the capitalist system pumping. America is about making money, nothing else.

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Where is this money being spent , who profits.

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Yeah, but look at all the good we have done

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We are bombing countries into happiness ?

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That’s why they can’t afford to provide health care for their citizens, like pretty much every other first world country does.

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    Jess Emeff maybe every other fucking country can start manning their own fucking military.

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    Maybe the US can stop invading other countries and pretending they’re helping. Fuckwit. Every other country would be glad if the US would stop their hostility. Especially their allies who inevitably get dragged into their conflicts when they cant handle it on their own, or the countries left to clean up the mess the US creates in other countries then walks away from. The US isn’t protecting shit but their own oil interests.

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What a waste of our taxes, when so much is needed at home to improve our country.?? For the pockets of profiteers in the MIC.

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Not sure if the US is responsible for the creation and perpetuation of the wars on this planet, or if they are just the mechanism of choice the greed mongers use to plague the world with one war after another. Maybe if they stop showing up to every fight, stopped initiating every pissing contest, and mind what’s going on within their own borders the American people would be better off??

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Need more peace keepers, not military.

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Why is the Coldstream Guard sitting in a tea-cup?

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It’s called greed supported by big corporations

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Imagine the amount of education and health and food they could have given to the people for that money. The whole middle east would have been your friends.

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We need to stop spending money to kill people and start spending it to mind our own business.

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“Give peace a chance”

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to be fair part of the reason the usa spends so much on war is because they have become the defacto policemen of the world. If the usa decided to stop with its global military actions everyone elses military costs would be forced to rise.

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The British guy is stilling in a tea cut wearing a queens guard uniform hahahahaha.. love it.

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And keeps losing those wars.

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American military is the single biggest fossil-fuel glutten in the world. Most wars now are a result of underlying climate-change caused by fossil-fuels, and climate-change is killing the world.

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No not insanity. being prepared!

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6 trillion dollars. Think about that for a sec. The US is only 19.8 trillion in debt and 12 trillion was following the collapse of 2008. If it wasn’t for the almighty fuck up over mortgages and war the US would be almost solvent! The same could be said for the UK helping Europe out in the 1st and 2nd World War.

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America ain’t our Police. The World would be a better place if you didn’t exist..

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Check out the information on Nixon’s forcing the peace plan for North and South Viet Nam attempted by LBJ to fail, at the last minute. So that Nixon would win, not Humphery. Thousands of our soldiers and millions of Viet Namese dead as a result. LBJ was talked out of making this public because he became convinced America couldn’t handle the horror. We should care that Nixonhas blood on his hands. Same with George H.W. …

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