Posts Tagged ‘Afghanistan’

“The Hidden Costs of War”

The cost of war does not end with the conflict!

In October of 2007 I submitted this article to the New York Times Opinion Section in hopes they would reprint it to let all Americans know that there is a cost to every war that those that wage war do want exposed to the American people. It is a cost that should enrage everyone and is passed down to our children and grandchildren. The burden I wrote about then has more than doubled since it was written. Here is that article:

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A dead U.S. soldier costs less than a disabled one.

It is an unfortunate truth—a callous statement—but a reality of the hidden costs of the occupation of Iraq; an occupation that has destroyed lives and families and cost over $450 billion in American treasure thus far.

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“War and Taxes”

This article was posted on The Huffington Post at noon on 7/28. Click on the link to read the article at HuffPost.

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The battle in Congress over taxes is — historically — unprecedented and UnAmerican.

We are in a time of War!

Our government sent our young men and women to foreign soil to die, or return home torn and injured—ravaged by the effects of the destruction and damage people can inflict on each other.

With most wars there is sacrifice and that sacrifice is shared by all countrymen and women. But these wars have narrowed the painful sacrifices to a very few families and groups.

Whether you were for the war or, like me, against it, the reality is—our troops are engaged in a life and death struggle; one that few Americans are invested in.

The burdens of war are costly in both lives and treasure. The current costs to taxpayers for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have exceeded $1.2 trillion and Professor’s Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes believe it will cost $3 trillion. Their estimates include the “Hidden Costs of the War.”

Have the wars been worth the tremendous sacrifices of some Americans?

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