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  •  The 2013 budget for the AFghanistan occupation (3+ / 0-)
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    allenjo, aliasalias, JesseCW

    is 90 billion, not counting the money from opium and illegal weapons sales.   The budget for 2014 will be about the same.  That certainly isn't all the cost for the occupation.  Intelligence costs, VA costs, State Dept costs, etc., push the total per year to 120-150 billion in pure monetary costs for taxpayers.  Now they're going to push austerity measures on the taxpayers that will amount to less than what's being spent per year on this occupation.

    "The Global War on Terror is a justification for U.S. Imperialism. It must be stopped."

    by BigAlinWashSt on Sun Oct 07, 2012 at 01:20:07 PM PDT

    •  Costs to the American Taxpayer (4+ / 0-)

      Costs to the American Taxpayer

      $1.3 trillion in Congressional War Appropriations to the Pentagon — the official budget for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

      $3.7-4.4 trillion estimated total costs to American taxpayers. This includes the official Pentagon budget (above), veterans’ medical and disability costs, homeland security expenses, war-related international aid and the Pentagon’s projected expenditures to 2020.

      $1 trillion more in interest payments through 2020 on money the U.S. borrowed for war.

      Social, Political and Environmental Cost

      Hundreds of thousands of people have been detained in the ten years since 9/11; the unjust treatment some endured has led to mistrust towards the United States across the entire region. Here in the U.S., Muslims endure racial profiling, hate crimes and workplace discrimination.

      The so-called military-industrial complex has been bolstered by increased military spending, with hundreds of billions of dollars going to private companies. One company, Lockheed Martin, received $29 billion in Pentagon contracts in 2008 alone — more than the Environmental Protection Agency ($7.5 billion), the Department of Labor ($11.4 billion) or the Department of Transportation ($15.5 billion).

      "Who are these men who really run this land? And why do they run it with such a thoughtless hand? David Crosby.

      by allenjo on Sun Oct 07, 2012 at 01:30:23 PM PDT

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    •  Remember when they hike the retirement age, (1+ / 0-)
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      that this is what they spent the money on.

      Remember who "they" are.

      Every Politicians who voted to fund this.

      "How dare you call someone a warmonger just because he's paid to sell war?"

      by JesseCW on Sun Oct 07, 2012 at 03:15:25 PM PDT

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