Today on 'Democracy Now', Amy Goodman gave the figures of tax dollars contributed by Americans in the last three major incursions by the United States. They were the Korean War, the Vietnam War and this war in Iraq with a speculation on its cost over the next 10 years. There was no mention of the cost of the war in 1991, but I guess that was because we were forced by Saddams move into Kuwait, and so it was a more justifiable war. The others were police actions, or with this war, a ruse to get at Iraqi resources.
"Gov't Study Estimate War Cost to Reach $700B
A new government study has found that the total cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will top $700 billion over the next decade. Already $300 billion has been spent. The total cost estimate comes from the Congressional Budget Office. The San Francisco Chronicle reports this would make the combined campaigns the most expensive military effort in the last 60 years. It is estimated that the Vietnam War cost about 600 billion in current dollars. The Korean War cost about 430 billion in current dollars."
I don't know if you saw the movie Flashback with Kiefer Sutherland and Dennis Hopper, but there's a scene where the Prankster style bus is playing a tape of a protest speech where Dennis, as Huey Walker, states that they could have bought every person in Vietnam a home and helped them develop their country, with the money they spent to destroy it. This is probably true. We could easily have given them a sum of money that would have built their country as a gesture of peace and togetherness.
Instead we have destroyed their country and made powerful enemies for the next few generations and made a statement as to what they can expect if they step out of line.
There is another side to this, besides the deaths and permanent injuries and psychological scars that our returning veterans have to live with as well as their families, and, it is the incredible waste of tax dollars that pay for this war, where our money goes to pay for the war machine that allows the corporations that live off the development and manufacturing of the tools of war, most of them tax exempt and free to profit while their employees are taxed on the incomes they make to manufacture and design these same weapons. In other words, the money that the manufacturers make goes in their pockets tax free and the money that average americans make goes into the manufacturing of war. This is a reciprocal agreement that guarantees that there is always workng and homeless poor to feed the war machine, as the social safety net and money that could be used to help the poor and destitute to become contributing citizens, in a peaceful way, is funnelled off for the manufacture of misery, here and around the world. All for greed and a few good paying jobs, so people like Shane 7 can condemn the poor for their plight. As if the poor can help the plight they are left with. Shame on Shane and his privileged ilk. Sit there and enjoy the misery you endorse.
This is the wonderful society that capitalism has manufactured.