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Posts Tagged ‘cost of war

New Record for Military Spending

April 24, 2012

On April 17, 2012, as millions of Americans were filing their income tax returns, the highly-respected Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) released its latest study of world military spending. In case Americans were wondering where most of their tax money — and the tax money of other nations — went in the previous year, […]

The human cost of war

April 13, 2012

Over 6,400 uniformed American service-members and 2,330 mercenaries have died in the Global War on Terror since 2001. 47,740 American men and women have been wounded in action since the War on Terror began. A casualty traditionally refers to anyone wounded or killed in combat, but this term doesn’t articulate the variety of war’s victims. […]

Afghanistan army to receive 4 billion dollars annually from US and EU

March 24, 2012

The West will subsidize Afghan security forces by more than $4 billion a year after US-led troops leave in 2014, President Hamid Karzai has said. Karzai told a graduation ceremony at a military academy in Kabul: “It’s set that post-2014, for the next 10 years until 2024, the international community, with the U.S. in the […]

Pentagon wants $3 billion for the War in Iraq that we thought was over

February 15, 2012

The American public has been told that the Iraq War is a thing of the past. Even still, the US Department of Defense is asking the federal government for almost $3 billion for “activities” in a country that they shouldn’t be in. According to the latest budget request, the DoD think around $2.9 billion should […]

Military budget scare tactics by Leon Panetta

December 10, 2011

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta wants you to be scared. Panetta warned that after possible cuts in the military budget, “we would have the smallest ground force since 1940, the smallest number of ships since 1915, and the smallest Air Force in its history.” Which would be pretty damn bad … [excerpt] Panetta’s comparison is logically […]

Pentagon to spend billions to find how their money is spent!

October 17, 2011

The Defense Department, which has promised by 2017 to publish a reliable account of how it spends its money, has discovered that its financial ledgers are in worse shape than expected and that it will have to spend billions of dollars in the coming years to make its financial accounting credible, the Center for Public […]

American Apathy with Wars

September 19, 2011

When U.S. forces launched the war in Afghanistan on Oct. 7, 2001, they were riding a wave of anger and a call for justice by a broad swath of the American public. The Pew Research Center says the initial support for the Afghan invasion was around 90 percent. In 2001 and 2002, about 40 percent […]

Secret pact reveals US troops stuck in Afghanistan until 2024

August 27, 2011

If you thought President Obama was ending the war in Afghanistan, think again. Your children will be fighting it in 2024 if the Pentagon has its way. Maybe you thought we’d get out of Afghanistan this very year, the drawdown date President Obama set as he surged U.S. troops into the country in December 2009; […]

SOCOM the US Military’s secret military deployed worldwide

August 7, 2011

Born of a failed 1980 raid to rescue American hostages in Iran, in which eight U.S. service members died, U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) was established in 1987. Since then, SOCOM has grown into a combined force of startling proportions. Made up of units from all the service branches, including the Army’s “Green Berets” and […]

Half of every dollar we pay in Federal taxes goes into the military account

August 4, 2011

Seymour Melman, a professor emeritus at Columbia University, once said, “We have gone mad,” citing presidents and Pentagon chiefs starting new wars even before they finish fighting the old ones! Who can recall a time in our history when the U.S. initiated aggressive wars against five nations (Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen)? Between 1947 and […]