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  1. Standard member bill718
    Enigma
    26 Oct '13 10:51
    Remember shock and awe? Remember those "weapons of mass destruction" in Iraq? Remember all those bumper stickers saying "these colors don't run!" Sure you do. Amid all the flag waving and patrotic drum beating that went along with the invasions of Afganistan and Iraq, little thought was given to the staggering costs of rebuilding those nations. The best estimate is about 1.4 trillion dollars the American taxpayers has had to bear, add that to the 6+ trillion dollars to wage these wars and we can begin to see price of this folly, it's not over! When these countries are finally rebuilt, is there any guarantee these they will be any less a haven for terrorists than before America invaded? I think not!! When you add the cost of human suffering on the part not just of soldiers, but the millions of innocent women and children, it's almost too much to comprehend.

    Perhaps it's time to ask ourselves, what did it take to kill Osama Bin Lauden, the man responsible for the 9/11 attacks? Answer: 1 Superior intellegence gathering and 2. One small surgical strike. Let's consider all this the next time we get the urge to fight a 21st century "war on terror" with battle tactics from the 1940's!


    http://www.facethefactsusa.org/facts/us-spends-more-rebuilding-iraq-afghanistan-than-post-wwii-germany


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Financial_cost_of_the_Iraq_War
  2. 28 Oct '13 01:01 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by bill718
    Remember shock and awe? Remember those "weapons of mass destruction" in Iraq? Remember all those bumper stickers saying "these colors don't run!" Sure you do. Amid all the flag waving and patrotic drum beating that went along with the invasions of Afganistan and Iraq, little thought was given to the staggering costs of rebuilding those nations. The best esti ...[text shortened]... hanistan-than-post-wwii-germany


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Financial_cost_of_the_Iraq_War
    Wow, an incredible post. Very nicely done.

    The human death is there, and dollar numbers are massive: ". . . . rebuilding those nations. The best estimate is about 1.4 trillion dollars the American taxpayers has had to bear, add that to the 6+ trillion dollars to wage these wars . . ."

    If my math is correct that is $7.4 trillion. Lump in the $1 billion the US spent on the Libyan conflict, and that makes $7.401 trillion.
  3. Standard member bill718
    Enigma
    28 Oct '13 20:02 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by moon1969
    Wow, an incredible post. Very nicely done.

    The human death is there, and dollar numbers are massive: ". . . . rebuilding those nations. The best estimate is about 1.4 trillion dollars the American taxpayers has had to bear, add that to the 6+ trillion dollars to wage these wars . . ."

    If my math is correct that is [b]$7.4
    trillion. Lump in the $1 billion the US spent on the Libyan conflict, and that makes $7.401 trillion.[/b]
    Indeed, and that figure is still growing! Consider what our situation would be if 7-9 trillion dollars were erased from our national debt. It would still be a problem, but much smaller. It's more convienent however for some folks to lay the entire debt problem with Obama and those tax and spend liberals.
  4. 29 Oct '13 01:48
    Originally posted by bill718
    Indeed, and that figure is still growing! Consider what our situation would be if 7-9 trillion dollars were erased from our national debt. It would still be a problem, but much smaller. It's more convienent however for some folks to lay the entire debt problem with Obama and those tax and spend liberals.
    "It's more convienent however for some folks to lay the entire debt problem with Obama and those tax and spend liberals."

    It is always more convenient to blame the opposition, when the reality is that both parties have been at the table since the days when Eisenhower was reducing the debt.

    The problem is that both parties have overspent on their priorities, and it continues on steroids under the current administration.
  5. 30 Oct '13 09:14
    Originally posted by bill718
    Indeed, and that figure is still growing! Consider what our situation would be if 7-9 trillion dollars were erased from our national debt. It would still be a problem, but much smaller. It's more convienent however for some folks to lay the entire debt problem with Obama and those tax and spend liberals.
    Good point. Just think, $7-9 trillion off the debt.