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Title: The So-Called War on Terror Has Killed Over 801,000 People and Cost $6.4 Trillion: New Analysis
Source: Common Dreams
URL Source: https://www.commondreams.org/news/2 ... -cost-64-trillion-new-analysis
Published: Nov 13, 2019
Author: Jessica Corbett
Post Date: 2019-11-14 18:56:08 by Deckard
Keywords: None
Views: 132
Comments: 9

A U.S. Army soldier fires an M4 carbine rifle

A U.S. Army soldier fires an M4 carbine rifle during partnered live fire range training at Tactical Base Gamberi, Afghanistan on May 29, 2015. (Photo: Capt. Charlie Emmons/U.S. Army/Flickr/cc)

The so-called War on Terror launched by the United States government in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks has cost at least 801,000 lives and $6.4 trillion according to a pair of reports published Wednesday by the Costs of War Project at Brown University's Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs.

"The numbers continue to accelerate, not only because many wars continue to be waged, but also because wars don't end when soldiers come home," said Costs of War co-director and Brown professor Catherine Lutz, who co-authored the project's report on deaths.

"These reports provide a reminder that even if fewer soldiers are dying and the U.S. is spending a little less on the immediate costs of war today, the financial impact is still as bad as, or worse than, it was 10 years ago," Lutz added. "We will still be paying the bill for these wars on terror into the 22nd century."

The new Human Cost of Post-9/11 Wars report (pdf) tallies "direct deaths" in major war zones, grouping people by civilians; humanitarian and NGO workers; journalists and media workers; U.S. military members, Department of Defense civilians, and contractors; and members of national military and police forces as well as other allied troops and opposition fighters.

The report sorts direct deaths by six categories: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria/ISIS, Yemen, and "Other." The civilian death toll across all regions is up to 335,745—or nearly 42% of the total figure. Notably, the report "does not include indirect deaths, namely those caused by loss of access to food, water, and/or infrastructure, war-related disease, etc."

Indirect deaths "are generally estimated to be four times higher," Costs of War board member and American University professor David Vine wrote in an op-ed for The Hill Wednesday. "This means that total deaths during the post-2001 U.S. wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, and Yemen is likely to reach 3.1 million or more—around 200 times the number of U.S. dead."

"Don't we have a responsibility to wrestle with our individual and collective responsibility for the destruction our government has inflicted?" Vine asked in his op-ed. "Our tax dollars and implied consent have made these wars possible. While the United States is obviously not the only actor responsible for the damage done in the post-2001 wars, U.S. leaders bear the bulk of responsibility for launching catastrophic wars that were never inevitable, that were wars of choice."

Referencing the project's second new report, United States Budgetary Costs and Obligations of Post-9/11 Wars Through FY2020: $6.4 Trillion (pdf), Vine wrote, "Consider how we could have otherwise spent that incomprehensible sum—to feed the hungry, improve schools, confront global warming, improve our transportation infrastructure, and provide healthcare."  

"At a time when everyone from Donald Trump to Democratic Party candidates for president is calling for an end to these endless wars, we must push our government to use diplomacy—rather than rash withdrawals, as in northern Syria—to end these wars responsibly," he concluded. "As the new Costs of War report and 3.1 million deaths should remind us, part of our responsibility must be to repair some of the immeasurable damage done and to ensure that wars like these never happen again."

The project's $6.4 trillion figure accounts for overseas contingency operations appropriations, interest for borrowing for OCO spending, war-related spending in the Pentagon's base budget, medical and disability care for post-9/11 veterans (including estimated future obligations through FY2059), and Department of Homeland Security spending for prevention of and response to terrorism.

Costs of War co-director and Boston University professor Neta Crawford co-authored the project's death toll report and authored the budget report. For the latter, she wrote that "the major trends in the budgetary costs of the post-9/11 wars include: less transparency in reporting costs among most major agencies; greater institutionalization of the costs of war in the DOD base budget, State Department, and DHS; and the growing budgetary burden of veterans' medical care and disability care."

Both reports were released as part of the project's new "20 Years of War" series. Crawford, Lutz, and fellow Costs of War co-director Stephanie Savell were in Washington, D.C. Wednesday to present the reports' findings at a briefing hosted by the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services.

"We have already seen that when we go to Washington and circulate our briefings, they get used in the policymaking process," Lutz said in a news story published by Brown Wednesday. "People cite our data in speeches on the Senate floor, in proposals for legislation. The numbers have made their way into calls to put an end to the joint resolution to authorize the use of military force. They have real impact."

Lutz pointed out that "if you count all parts of the federal budget that are military-related—including the nuclear weapons budget, the budget for fuel for military vehicles and aircraft, funds for veteran care—it makes up two-thirds of the federal budget, and it's inching toward three-quarters."

"I don't think most people realize that, but it's important to know," she added. "Policymakers are concerned that the Pentagon's increased spending is crowding out other national purposes that aren't war."

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#1. To: Deckard (#0)

These "wars of choice" have destroyed several of the most repulsive regimes on the planet, eliminated enemies and enemy safe spaces, and have made the Middle East a much safer place for us and our allies. They really such for the enemy, and for the lands that tolerated the enemy, funded him and let him dig in for decades. THAT was the real choice: sponsoring terrorism and letting terrorism dig in. Those choices were made by former regimes over there. The price of that started being paid when the US invaded. The wars are not over until Iran stops doing it. Then we will have won completely.

Vicomte13  posted on  2019-11-15   6:51:14 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Deckard (#0)

But there are fewer Mooslum deathcultists than there would be otherwise, right?
Cool.

Hank Rearden  posted on  2019-11-16   19:26:09 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Deckard (#0)

How much does that work out to be per death? War sure is a scam.

THIS IS A TAG LINE...Exercising rights is only radical to two people, Tyrants and Slaves. Which are YOU? Our ignorance has driven us into slavery and we do not recognize it.

jeremiad  posted on  2019-11-17   0:08:57 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: All (#3)

Is that really $8,000,000 per death? It sure is.

THIS IS A TAG LINE...Exercising rights is only radical to two people, Tyrants and Slaves. Which are YOU? Our ignorance has driven us into slavery and we do not recognize it.

jeremiad  posted on  2019-11-17   0:17:33 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: Hank Rearden (#2) (Edited)

But there are fewer Mooslum deathcultists than there would be otherwise, right?

No, there are MORE.

Donnell Trump, Wahhabi Soul Train



Ron Paul - Lake Jackson Texas Values

Hondo68  posted on  2019-11-17   5:21:49 ET  (1 image) Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: Hondo68 (#5)

" Donnell Trump, Wahhabi Soul Train "

LOL !!!

That looks so goofy !!!

DJT cannot be too proud of that video !!

Si vis pacem, para bellum

Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.

"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went." (Will Rogers)

"No one ever rescues an old dog. They lay in a cage until they die. PLEASE save one. None of us wants to die cold and alone... --Dennis Olson "

People that say money can't buy you happiness, have never paid an adoption fee

Stoner  posted on  2019-11-19   6:30:24 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: Deckard (#0)

IMHO, if a situation is bad enough that it requires the commitment of US sons, boots on the ground, then it should have Congress Declare War. Then go in, fight to win, get it over, and come home !!!!

If Congress does not Declare War, then we should stay out of it !!!

Si vis pacem, para bellum

Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.

"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went." (Will Rogers)

"No one ever rescues an old dog. They lay in a cage until they die. PLEASE save one. None of us wants to die cold and alone... --Dennis Olson "

People that say money can't buy you happiness, have never paid an adoption fee

Stoner  posted on  2019-11-19   6:34:58 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: Deckard (#0)

Was Ike right about the Military Industrial Complex?

Moo once for yes, and twice for no!

Judas Goat  posted on  2019-11-19   10:59:03 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#9. To: Hondo68 (#5) (Edited)

No, there are MORE.

zBInGo!

Jimmuh Carter and Operation Cyclone.... the gift that keeps on giving!

Judas Goat  posted on  2019-11-19   11:00:47 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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