This song says it all, “WAR What Is It Good For”
“We, ALL of us, liberal and conservative, Democrat and Republican, Socialist and Communist, anarchist and libertarian, left and right, pro-choice and pro-life, pro or anti-gay marriage, beer drinkers and wine sippers, hardcore drunks and teetotalers, steak-lovers and vegetarians, hybrid car owners and SUV owners, rednecks and rappers, tattooed and non-tattooed, pierced and unpierced, jocks and nerds, ALL of us need to focus like a laser beam for the next few months on one objective and one objective only: STOP. THE. WAR.”
Those were Ohio Barbarians words that I borrowed without his permission because I couldn’t think of any better words. I hope he doesn’t mind.
The true cost of war: The United States has been at war in Afghanistan for 3,860 days. Troops arrived on Oct. 7, 2001, less than a month after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 1,834 Americans Killed.
In the eleven years that American troops have been fighting in Afghanistan 1,834 have been killed. The most deadly year to date was 2010, when 492 Americans died.
During the first four months of 2012, 87 members of the U.S. military have lost their lives in Afghanistan. A total of 367 Americans have died in the war-torn country in the year since Osama bin Laden was killed. 15,786 Americans Wounded.
From the time Osama Bin Laden was killed through the end of March 2012, 4,341 members of the American military have been wounded.
There are currently 88,000 U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan. That’s down from the peak troop level of about 100,000 who were stationed there in March of 2011. Troop strength is expected to shrink to 68,000 by the end of September and by the end of 2014, most U.S. troops are expect to be out of the country.
About 40,000 additional troops from America’s allies, such as Britain, are also stationed in Afghanistan.
According to the United Nations, nearly 12,000 Afghan citizens have been killed between 2007 — when the UN began reporting such statistics — and 2011.
The war in Afghanistan has cost the United States $443 billion from 2001 through 2011, according to the Congressional Research Office.
According to a Pew Trusts report, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have contributed more to growth in U.S. debt than any other policy since 2001 except the Bush tax cuts and in the increased interest from legislative changes.
Billions to banks, billions to Wall Street, billions for war, billions for billionaires, and nothing for the people, the millions upon millions of people who are suffering severe hardship; this video tells their stories better than I can.
“Deprived” people become “Depraved” people, and poverty is depriving more people everyday. A “subculture” is being created by the poverty and inhumane conditions babies are being born into; this “subculture” is all they will ever know. Uneducated people will fail to understand what this has to do with the “wars”, but I expect FDL readers to cross the gap, and understand the connection. Unless things change, poverty is headed in your direction.
I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again; this war has absolutely nothing to do with Syria, or those poor people who were gassed; it has everything to do with a desperate “oligarchy” who is losing money. The price of the commodities they own is going down, and the poverty stricken people they created can not buy them fast enough to prevent that. If you notice, the price of gasoline is getting cheaper everyday. What does that have to do with Saudi Arabia? But it’s not just gas, it’s all the commodities are getting cheaper. Wall Street invaded the commodity markets and jacked the prices up, but now they can’t figure a way out.
If you own something, the only way to get rid of it is to sell it. When the value of what you own becomes less than what you paid for it, you’re losing money. They bought more contracts than were legal when the price of gas went to $5.00 a gallon, and they made a tremendous profit; but they are still holding contracts. If you own a contract, you can move it forward and not have to sell immediately, but as the price goes down; you’re still losing money. A war is the only thing that can save all of their sorry asses.