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Iraq and Afghanistan: American money to the wind

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Iraq and Afghanistan: American money to the windIn 2011, Barack Obama said that the US spent only a trillion dollars on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. For Obama and for senators, a trillion is there, a trillion here is pure statistics. Approximately as for one of the characters in the film "Deadly weapon"Leo Getz:" Well, this is budget money ... So, draws! "Brown University in the same year did not agree with Obama. Its experts counted the costs of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as operations in Pakistan, at almost four trillion dollars. And by 2013, this estimated amount has increased at least one and a half times.


In June 2011, the year David Byrd ("Voice of America") told the public about the results of the study at Brown University - more precisely, the Watson Institute for International Studies at the named university. The expert report sounded the amount spent on the 3,7 wars of a trillion dollars.

One of the authors of the study, Kathryn Lutz, said: “Four trillion is a reasonable estimate of the costs incurred to date, plus costs that are still coming, for example, payments to participants in hostilities. Another trillion dollars, according to our estimates, will have to be paid up to 2020 in the form of interest on debts. ” According to Lutz, the specialists also took into account the costs of treating wounded soldiers and the estimated military expenditures for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq in 2012-2020. Another co-author of the report, Neta Crawford, a professor at Boston University, remarked that they also estimated the costs associated with lost opportunities: “Let's take a look at this from which side. The average annual budget of these wars over ten years amounted to 130 billion dollars. With this money, 900 thousands of jobs in education could be created. ”

But Obama and the senators, and behind their impenetrable backs, industrialists and lobbyists, exactly continuing the disastrous line of Bush Junior, prefer to fight. Yes, and why the American people education? Smart people are prone to pacifism and will oppose wars.

In 2013, new calculations were made.

Viktor Vasilyev ("Voice of America") cited data from the last March report of the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University.

According to the Watson Institute, only the Iraq war cost the US $ X trillion in 1,7. dollars. If we add additional payments to war veterans (490 billion dollars) and interest on these payments over the next four decades, the payment for "Iraqi freedom" could rise to 6 trillion. dollars.

These calculations can be interpreted as an adjustment to the forecast made in 2008 by the Nobel Prize in Economics, World Bank chief expert Joseph Stiglitz, the author notes. In his book, The Three Trillion War, co-authored by Harvard University professor Linda Bilmes, he suggested that half of the total direct and indirect losses of all participants in the Iraq war will be the share of the United States.

According to the Financial Times, the war in Iraq brought solid profits to coalition contractors. Entrepreneurial businessmen received about $ 138 billion for various services: from protecting diplomats to providing them with toilet paper. Thousands of 14 contractors hired by the US government continue to do business in Iraq to this day.

According to a report by the Watson Institute, the United States spent 3,2 - 4 trillion in total for the war in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. dollars, writes bigmir.net. The direct costs of the US government for the war in Iraq amounted to 807 billion. More than 1 trillion. dollars allocated to provide veterans to 2050 year. (You can admire the infographic in Russian language from the link provided here. You can also admire the increase in direct costs for two wars on the American website costofwar.com).

This money could be spent on US domestic programs, including improving the health care of citizens, experts from government and international organizations complain, according to Newsru.combased on data from the British medical journal Lancet.

The magazine notes that during the Iraq war from 2003 to 2011, at least 116 of thousands of Iraqi civilians and 4800 of coalition soldiers died in the year. "Many civilians were injured or ill due to damage to the health infrastructure, and about 5 million more were forced to leave their homes," the article says.

More than 31 thousand American troops were injured. Most of them had post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain damage was present, and other neuropsychological disorders were detected. All this, of course, was accompanied by psychological problems.

Currently, a third of Iraqis live in extreme poverty. Political instability in the country is shaken by outbreaks of infectious diseases and epidemics of non-communicable diseases associated with low living standards, poor nutrition, exhaustion.

All this can be called the results of military democratization.

Political columnist Vladimir Odintsov in the network magazine "New Eastern Review" summed up the final line under that price - literally, - which the American people paid for the bloody deeds of Bush Jr. and Obama.

According to the analyst, the question of both the causes of the two wars and their value (including the sources of funding) is shrouded in secrecy and lies. The “general war on terror” and the search for “weapons of mass destruction” did not succeed. At the start of the Iraq war, the Bush administration’s government claimed that its expenses would cover Iraqi oil revenues, but this did not happen.

The author cites data from a report published by the Kennedy School of Government (Harvard University). According to scientists, the price of ten years of US military aggression in Iraq and Afghanistan is likely to reach 6 trillions of dollars. This means that Washington’s many years of aggression will cost every American family 75000 dollars.

This huge amount includes the purchase of military equipment, payment of soldiers' contracts, medical care, social benefits to the military in cases of injuries, disability or fatal injuries. The cost of using a soldier alone for a year in the Afghan war costs 1 million dollars.

For ten years, 1,56 million American soldiers (56% of all veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq) have been provided with medical care. Social benefits will be paid to them for the rest of their lives. According to statistics, every second veteran of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan submitted his dossier for disability benefits - also for the rest of his life. More than 30 thousand veterans have already been recognized as disabled by 100% and 145 thousand - disabled with disability from 70 to 90%, notes Vladimir Odintsov.

The budget of the US Department of Veterans Affairs has more than doubled over the past decade: from 61,4 billion in 2001 to 140,3 billion in 2013.

It turns out that Washington quietly borrowed 2 trillion dollars, mainly from foreign lenders, to finance the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But this is about 20% of the amount of US government debt between 2001 and 2012, the expert writes. To date, the government has paid 260 billions in interest on a military loan. In the future, payments will amount to thousands of billions of dollars.

This money is thrown to the wind. These debts are completely useless for the people of the United States, who financed and continued to finance government wars.

“From these wars, only the Washington hawks once again became rich, who are now desperately seeking the possibility of unleashing a new military aggression to cover their losses from the financial and economic international crisis with profit.”


What is this aggression? Oh, there can be no two opinions; the schoolboy will guess also if he, of course, is not American. Israeli actions against Syria, a chemical series launched by producer Obama and directors Kerry and Hagel, money from Qatar and Saudi Arabia, flowing to Syrian “opposition”, Erdogan’s hot Turkish speech, calling Bashar al-Assad a “butcher” and “killer”, finally, spring the pursuit of Cameron and Hollande, who desired to democratize Syria, and for that, at the expense of the British and French people, therefore, arm that gang of Shariah-terrorists, which would fight for human rights and all kinds of freedoms there, give us geopolitical vector, which the White House draws in collaboration with NATO.

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  1. cobalt
    cobalt 14 May 2013 07: 30
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    Why are they the Americans trillions of dollars. Still print. The basis of US exports is green papers, long unsecured. To do this, they wage war and unleash all over the world in order to keep their parasitic economy afloat.
    1. Sirocco
      Sirocco 14 May 2013 12: 09
      +3
      The United States will not do anything just like that unless it benefits. In Iraq, they invested in oil, in Afghanistan in poppy fields, so that in the future they are expecting justification for their investments. But it would not hurt us to help the Colombian peasants in order to increase the flow of goods in the USA, but still we should not disentangle poppy seed cakes. laughing
  2. Strashila
    Strashila 14 May 2013 08: 33
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    I beg you .... what kind of money ??? Fiction printed, not provided with anything ... for how many real jobs these wars created in the USA, and the robbery of local resources also brought their income. The costs of the war are very exaggerated, Yes, only small savings were made by small grandmothers. This is being disposed of by us using ammunition and cutting equipment, spending money, and then, using ... they spent the ammunition and burned the equipment ... for that purpose.
    1. MG42
      MG42 14 May 2013 19: 12
      +2
      Quote: Strashila
      and how many real jobs these wars created in the United States, and the robbery of local resources also brought their income. The costs of the war are very exaggerated, and only small savings were made by small grandmothers. We are disposed of by ammunition blasting and cutting spending technology, and then, using ... and spent ammunition and burned equipment ... for that really.

      Yes, they burned the equipment the Taliban amerikosy
  3. Vladimirets
    Vladimirets 14 May 2013 08: 58
    +7
    Damn, let me go, in the American budget to rummage. smile
  4. k220150
    k220150 14 May 2013 09: 02
    +3
    The politics of the name Popandopulo - popandopulism: "I'll draw myself some more"
  5. YaRusich
    YaRusich 14 May 2013 09: 05
    +9
    Quote: Strashila
    I beg you .... what kind of money ??? Fiction printed, not provided with anything ... for how many real jobs these wars created in the USA, and the robbery of local resources also brought their income. The costs of the war are very exaggerated, Yes, only small savings were made by small grandmothers. This is being disposed of by us using ammunition and cutting equipment, spending money, and then, using ... they spent the ammunition and burned the equipment ... for that purpose.

    and 4800 dead - it's probably demobilization were with an expired warranty period)))
    it’s much cheaper to blow up the ammunition at home than to drag it halfway around the world and then think whether it will break the barrel)) because they destroy the ammunition unsuitable for use ....
    and what interesting real jobs did they make? they are fighting a regular army + support - a constant strength. They only need controlled oil ...
    And while they are fighting their own people are distracted from the hole into which the government drives them.
    1. MG42
      MG42 14 May 2013 19: 16
      +3
      How Americans were blown up in Iraq
  6. 120352
    120352 14 May 2013 09: 07
    +4
    This money is not so much down the drain as on your own head. A country should only be able to arm itself with modern weapons when it clearly shows strong signs of a unified statehood. But the statehood in these countries, the guys, brainwashed by Brzezinski's delirium, destroyed to the ground. So, as a token of gratitude, wait for the "grateful" terrorists!
  7. Standard Oil
    Standard Oil 14 May 2013 09: 23
    +3
    Well, it’s necessary to make the whole world accept your toilet paper as a means of payment and accumulate wealth, and everyone except the USSR happily agreed, well, De Gaulle tried to exchange candy wrappers for something worthwhile, and so silence !!!
  8. Withoutdream
    Withoutdream 14 May 2013 10: 03
    +1
    The author cites data from a report published by the Kennedy School of Government (Harvard University). According to scientists, the price of ten years of US military aggression in Iraq and Afghanistan is likely to reach 6 trillions of dollars. This means that Washington’s many years of aggression will cost every American family 75000 dollars.

    Duc not so much turns out if you calmly estimate everything. Even if the state took money for American wars exclusively from its citizens (i.e. from taxes), it turns out in 10 years at $ 7500 per year. For an ordinary American it is "expensive" but "not fatal." And if you look realistically, before the money for wars is allocated not only, and not so much from the taxes of individual citizens, as from taxes from interested companies,
    the Iraq war brought substantial profit to contracting firms of coalition countries. Enterprising businessmen received about 138 billion dollars for various services: from protecting diplomats to providing them with toilet paper. To this day, 14 contractors hired by the US government continue to operate in Iraq.

    Profit to the budget comes from the sale of weapons and equipment to the army and mercenaries (private companies supplying mercenaries to hot spots are a fairly developed business in the USA), ending with the sale of food and personal care products to everyone - from an American soldier to an Iraqi or Afghan refugee and simply deprived of a normal life by a resident.
    And of course, a significant contribution to the budget of such military conflicts comes from the extraction of minerals such as oil (primarily), gas, metal ores, etc.
    At the start of the Iraq war, the Bush administration claimed that spending on it would cover Iraqi oil revenues, but this did not happen.
    Even if the revenues from Iraqi oil did not cover the costs, it still brought a certain profit. As a result, it turns out that the American budget has not suffered so much from these wars. The cost figures are of course astronomical, but the income is clearly not small. And since America continues its attempts to "democratize" in different parts of the world, it means that it is profitable, and moreover, more profitable than simple peaceful trade with other countries.
  9. fenix57
    fenix57 14 May 2013 10: 09
    +4
    They counted, shed tears and lowered the costs. It is profitable for the Americans to conduct military operations "by someone else's hands", then, the profit! And now the Pentagon will also have cuts. Now it won't work ... hi
  10. Dima190579
    Dima190579 14 May 2013 10: 10
    +1
    Money paper colored. Life is the fate of people.
  11. radio operator
    radio operator 14 May 2013 10: 33
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    It turns out that Washington quietly borrowed 2 trillion dollars, mainly from foreign lenders, to finance the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But this is about 20% of the amount of US government debt between 2001 and 2012, the expert writes. To date, the government has paid 260 billions in interest on a military loan. In the future, payments will amount to thousands of billions of dollars.

    Well, and they teach us how to spend money. Hypocrites!
  12. radio operator
    radio operator 14 May 2013 10: 33
    +1
    It turns out that Washington quietly borrowed 2 trillion dollars, mainly from foreign lenders, to finance the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But this is about 20% of the amount of US government debt between 2001 and 2012, the expert writes. To date, the government has paid 260 billions in interest on a military loan. In the future, payments will amount to thousands of billions of dollars.

    Well, and they teach us how to spend money. Hypocrites!
  13. waisson
    waisson 14 May 2013 10: 49
    -1
    any war money down the drain and how much they imposed wars
  14. knn54
    knn54 14 May 2013 10: 51
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    On the eve of the invasion of Iraq, due to high oil prices, the United States lost more than $ 60 billion / month!
    America was trying to restrain oil prices by using oil reserves, as a result of which they fell to the level of 269,8 million barrels, with the 270-million minimum set by the government.
    The Pentagon has applied / tested many innovations in the field of using the so-called "smart" weapons: JDAM - a bomb with a GPS satellite guidance system, thermobaric bombs (volumetric explosion ammunition), shock drones, Abrams M1A2, with an infrared guidance system ...
    As for Afghanistan, they will beat off their lithium, emeralds, copper, gold and oil and ... will print.
    I will not say anything about heroin.
  15. djon3volta
    djon3volta 14 May 2013 13: 44
    -1
    Oleg Chuvakin lay it out: Afghan Roulette: The first bet is on the West, the second on the East. Part 1
    On the eve of the 25th anniversary of the start of the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan, the Komsomolka special correspondents went to this country to understand where it would move after the withdrawal of the US troops and their allies now [photo + video]

    The Cemetery of Empires The first in the nineteenth century, the British plunged into Afghanistan, who did not like the growing influence of the Russian Empire in the region. For 80 years of forcing Afghans to civilize, the Anglo-Saxons fought three wars, but in the end they were forced to retreat, recognizing the farewell independence of the rebellious state.

    In the XNUMXth century, the Soviet Union, fearing the transition of Afghanistan to the western rails, sent troops to the Middle East to "fulfill the international duty." At some point, it became clear that the peacekeeping and civilization mission of the USSR failed. And the fermented lead brew was already splashing crimson flashes of civil war in the mountains and plains. And gave birth to a new generation of warriors with new values ​​and slogans. "Pure Islam" carried Afghanistan back to the early Middle Ages.
    In this century with democratic seedlings Afghanistan has hit the most powerful military force in the world. But in 12 years, sprouts of democracy have not sprouted, and mutated, corrupting the power tops. And smart bombs and unmanned missile carriers have only propagated the death and bitterness of the uneducated lower classes that are already familiar here. With this background, the Americans and comrades leave the country in 2014, again leaving Afghanistan at a crossroads. He has only three roads - to the West, to the East, or to within himself, in the civil war. And at this climax, Russia suddenly started talking about its interests in the Middle East. At a meeting of the presidents of Russia and Uzbekistan, a "peaceful return" was announced. But where is Afghanistan itself looking? What does he want and whom is he waiting for?

    continued http://www.kp.ru/daily/26074/2980666/
  16. Vtel
    Vtel 14 May 2013 14: 33
    +1
    But Obama and the senators, and behind their impenetrable backs, industrialists and lobbyists, exactly continuing the disastrous line of Bush Jr., prefer to fight. Yes, and why the American people education?

    What kind of people can we talk about if you look a bit into the history of the reconstruction of the United States of Robbers. Both in the USA and Europe - as the name implies, and in Israel - as it does not seem strange, so in Aglia there are the cradles of those robbers, and finally, in Russia, kosher porridge is always and everywhere filled with everything. A comrade from the barracks is just a clown who imagines that it is he who rules this aspen street - naive however. One thing pleases that we all will appear before God in the final judgment, but already without gold and wealth, cars, weapons and other nonsense, with only a sinful soul. And tell me how to understand - there is reason, but there is no divine wisdom. That brother tears his brother’s ground from under his feet, but the meaning.
  17. slaventi
    slaventi 14 May 2013 17: 05
    0
    In Afghanistan, with the help of the Americans, drug production has grown tenfold (50 times), there is evidence that the US military transport aviation is engaged in drug trafficking. The main thing is that tons of drugs flow to Russia. 70 thousand of our citizens die every year. Let heroin flow to Russia and Europe , this is one of the main goals.
    As an independent state, Iraq does not exist. American and British oil companies have received contracts for the development of oil and gas fields in Iraq, including the giant West Qurna-2 field. One thing is propaganda goals, and real ones that do not always coincide.
  18. jamalena
    jamalena 14 May 2013 22: 37
    0
    Francois Hollande is not a descendant of the famous pirate Francois Olone?