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Must be a sign of the apocalypse. The MSM catches up to Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes, a former senior official in the US Department of Commerce, who wrote The Three Trillion Dollar War.
A couple of days ago, on June 11, 2008, CNN Money published the following:
Iraq war could cost taxpayers $2.7 trillion
In addition to the cost of war, taxpayers pay for rising veteran health care costs, and returning soldiers faced with foreclosure and unemployment.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — As the Iraq war continues with no clear end in sight, the cost to taxpayers may balloon to $2.7 trillion by the time the conflict comes to an end, according to Congressional testimony.
In a hearing held by the Joint Economic Committee Thursday, members of Congress heard testimony about the current costs of the war and the future economic fallout from returning soldiers.
At the beginning of the conflict in 2003, the Bush administration gave Congress a cost estimate of $60 billion to $100 billion for the entirety of the war. But the battle has been dragging on much longer than most in the government expected, and costs have ballooned to nearly ten times the original estimate.
And it is more than just the cost of mass murder and skullduggery, and it is more than the cost of caring for those who suffer so horribly from having served…a good bit more.
BBC: $23 billion lost, stolen, unaccounted for in Iraq
Relying on U.S. and Iraqi sources, the BBC estimates that $23 billion may have been lost, stolen or improperly accounted for in Iraq.
The BBC says its investigation, which is being broadcast tonight, shows for the first time the extent to which some private contractors have profited from the conflict and rebuilding.
The Beeb also says that the Bush administration has imposed a gag order that prevents officials from discussing the allegations.
The Bush administration and their gag orders…if it weren’t so tragic it would be hilarious.
Bulk of Iraq Reconstruction Monies ‘Will Come From Iraqis,’ Rumsfeld Says
By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Oct. 2, 2003 – The American taxpayer will not have to foot the entire bill for rebuilding post-Saddam Iraq, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today.
The $20 billion for Iraqi security and reconstruction contained within President Bush’s $87 billion supplemental budget proposal for fiscal 2004 now before Congress “is not intended to cover all of Iraq’s needs,” Rumsfeld noted to reporters at a Pentagon press conference.
“The bulk of the funds for Iraq’s reconstruction will come from Iraqis,” explained Rumsfeld, who was accompanied at the briefing by Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Or any of this?
“Iraq is a very wealthy country. Enormous oil reserves. They can finance, largely finance the reconstruction of their own country. And I have no doubt that they will.”
Richard Perle, Chairman of the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board, 7/11/02
“The likely economic effects [of the war in Iraq] would be relatively small… Under every plausible scenario, the negative effect will be quite small relative to the economic benefits.”
Lawrence Lindsey, White House Economic Advisor, 9/16/02
“It is unimaginable that the United States would have to contribute hundreds of billions of dollars and highly unlikely that we would have to contribute even tens of billions of dollars.”
Kenneth M. Pollack, former Director for Persian Gulf Affairs, U.S. National Security Council, 9/02
“The costs of any intervention would be very small.”
Glenn Hubbard, White House Economic Advisor, 10/4/02
“When it comes to reconstruction, before we turn to the American taxpayer, we will turn first to the resources of the Iraqi government and the international community.”
Donald H. Rumsfeld, U.S. Secretary of Defense, 3/27/03
“There is a lot of money to pay for this that doesn’t have to be U.S. taxpayer money, and it starts with the assets of the Iraqi people. We are talking about a country that can really finance its own reconstruction and relatively soon.”
Paul Wolfowitz, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense, testifying before the Defense Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, 3/27/03
“The United States is committed to helping Iraq recover from the conflict, but Iraq will not require sustained aid.”
Mitchell Daniels, Director, White House Office of Management and Budget, 4/21/03
“Iraq has tremendous resources that belong to the Iraqi people. And so there are a variety of means that Iraq has to be able to shoulder much of the burden for ther own reconstruction.”
Ari Fleischer, White House Press Secretary, 2/18/03
Remember General Shinseki trying to tell them the truth about how great an effort the occupation would be?
“I would say that what’s been mobilized to this point, something on the order of several hundred thousand soldiers, are probably, you know, a figure that would be required. We’re talking about post-hostilities control over a piece of geography that’s fairly significant with the kinds of ethnic tensions that could lead to other problems.”
They ignored him of course.
Some harsh truths for us all to face up to…
There are those partisans who expect us to back the Democratic Party no matter what they do. I say fuck that. They have to earn my support as much as anyone – maybe even more so. The Democrats have always been my party of choice precisely because they had a strong moral compass that (to borrow the words of Ted Kennedy) ‘saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it’.
That’s NOT the Democratic Party today. In fact, I don’t even recognize the Democratic Party today. I want to belong to a party of principles. I have no use for any party otherwise.
I have a right to expect more from the Democratic Party as I have supported them all of my adult life and I have never been more ashamed of my own party than I am today. They have let us all down. They have enabled the neocon takeover of America and the immoral and illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq. They too must be held accountable. They too must be made to pay for their transgressions against the common welfare of the people of the United States, Afghanistan and Iraq. If they have any hope at all of ever redeeming themselves in the eyes of the American people, they have a lot of work to do. I hope and pray that they will get about the business of doing it.
Note: Bear in mind that this counter doesn’t account for hidden or future costs. It does however give a sense of how rapidly our money is being sucked into the black hole of war. It would be horrible enough if the war were ever justified in the first place.
These costs amount to:
$4,681 per household.
$1,721 per person.
$341.4 million per day.
WHY? Why is this insanity happening?
We are all being fucked by the Military Industrial Complex.
$300 Billion Down the Tubes: Shocking Wasteful Spending on Weapons Systems
The Pentagon spends hundreds of billions of dollars on weapons systems, but our troops still aren’t getting what they need. It’s a scandal of enormous proportions that involves deceptive corporations and complacent government officials. But the biggest problem of all is that the people in Washington who could fix it continue to ignore it.
Just think what we could be doing to improve public education, provide universal health insurance, repair crumbling infrastructure, develop sustainable energy and agriculture, and etcetera. Just think of the suffering we could alleviate, the opportunities we could provide, the progress and hope we could realize with the enormous sums of money, the trillions of dollars we are wantonly wasting on the pursuit of pure evil.
Not only are we wasting our treasure by foolishly spending it on the tools of genocide and mass murder and to spread misery and tragedy throughout the world, we are getting royally screwed in the process by the corrupt sons-of-bitches who are supposed to be representing us in Congress.
I repeat, if you are not ashamed of our country, you’re not paying attention.