Afghanicare?

12 Feb

According to the Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government 2013 report…The Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, will be the most expensive wars in US history—together totaling somewhere between 4 trillion and 6 trillion dollars. This includes long-term medical care and disability compensation for service members, veterans and families, military replenishment and social and economic costs. The largest portion of that bill is yet to be paid.”

That’s 4-6 trillion dollars for 2 wars that President Bush said would cost between 100-200 billion dollars, one of which would pay for itself with Iraqi oil revenues. Boy was he ever wrong!

But forget about that because here we sit in 2014 with Republicans up in arms over the Affordable Care Act and still trying to do their darnedest to repeal it or nay-say it because they say it will be too costly for the American public to sustain… but when it comes to a  4-6 trillion dollar boondoggle designed to destroy American lives, foreign countries and hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi and Afghan citizens where is their public outcry? Or anyone else’s for that matter?

And now consider the fact that (by conservative estimates) we now spend 4 billion dollars each month in Afghanistan! That’s around 50 billion dollars per year spent in a country that has a GDP of 20 billion dollars! And then when you subtract the amount of money included in their GDP that comes from opium production and foreign aid (mostly ours) Afghanistan is pretty much worthless! (at least to us)

So we pump 50 billion dollars per year into a giant sink hole that is all set to revert back to the exact conditions we found it in, once we pull out in 2015, but we pull our hair and clench our fists and tie ourselves up in knots over whether or not we can afford to spend some money on each others healthcare…and no matter how much we spend it’s going to be money spent by Americans, on Americans, in America to make certain other American’s richer.

Boy is that a bad idea, huh?

Why feed Americans or house Americans or heal Americans or fix American cities when we can blow a hole in a foreign country and dump all of our money into the big black pit that we’re just going to leave behind anyway? Like we always do…

There must be an answer…right?

Anyone?

3 Responses to “Afghanicare?”

  1. drshyamalavatsa February 12, 2014 at 5:40 am #

    I have never understood America’s priorities, but I had put that down to not having a knowledge of America’s politics. Your post tells me you all have a hard time figuring this out too: “What are we spending so much on Afghanistan, ignoring our our own people’s needs?”

  2. onnovocks February 12, 2014 at 8:50 am #

    You’ve answered your own question with the word “richer”.

  3. avwalters February 12, 2014 at 4:58 pm #

    There is no economic argument in favor of war. From an economic perspective, war is always redistributive–trickle up–and usually to insiders– cronyism at its most devastating. Devastating, as the impacts of war always are, and galling because it’s tragedy fueling corporatocracy.

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