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So we have many 'scandals' week to carry the news. Very loudly hyped by a group against any taxes, but boy do they like everything done, loudly whining, while the press from local to national follow that lead.

Sounds like the drum beats of war leading up to the Iraq invasion especially from the media.

This is the 'real' scandal, decades long and wars from but especially in this past decade plus now!

"If military action is worth our troops’ blood, it should be worth our treasure, too — not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013


Each Injured US Soldier Will End Up Costing $2 Million On Average

May 15, 2013 - For every one of the 866,181 soldiers officially counted injured casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan, the government is expected to spend some $2 million in long-term medical cost.

The total of $1.7 trillion is based on a widely cited March 2013 paper by Linda Bilmes at Harvard’s Kennedy School. It includes $800 billion already spent on injured veterans along with   the cost of long-term care for an additional 50,000 current casualties counted by the Pentagon.

Since 2001, the VA has spent $134.3 billion to care for veterans. read more>>>

* * The Financial Legacy of Iraq and Afghanistan: How Wartime Spending Decisions Will Constrain Future National Security Budgets * *


The Financial Legacy of Iraq and Afghanistan
Tax cuts came with these wars, as the country abandoned the main missions for even sending our military into that region to invade another, told to go shopping, while the wealthy got huge cuts!
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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    "If military action is worth our troops' blood, it should be worth our treasure, too; not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

    by jimstaro on Wed May 15, 2013 at 03:50:24 PM PDT

  •  Ratio of Deaths/Wounded - Vietnam vs Iraq (1+ / 0-)
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    jimstaro

    Vietnam 1:2.6
    Operation Iraqi Freedom 1: 7.3

    http://stats.areppim.com/...

    Battlefield technology saved many lives.

    That said, the number of wounded is one reason why I support drone technology.

    Learn about Centrist Economics, learn about Robert Rubin's Hamilton Project. www.hamiltonproject.org

    by PatriciaVa on Wed May 15, 2013 at 03:58:18 PM PDT

    •  That's not the point!!! (4+ / 0-)

      The point is neither war has been paid for nor Especially the results of, a decade plus now added to the previous decades and wars of and ignoring the veterans of, which finally many issues are now being addressed under this VA while it tries to take care of these two recent wars veterans added needs from multiple tours! From Korea to Desert Storm to the present Afghan and Iraq occupations!

      "If military action is worth our troops' blood, it should be worth our treasure, too; not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

      by jimstaro on Wed May 15, 2013 at 04:14:25 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  The boehner "Who's going to jail!" (2+ / 0-)
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    I'm waiting to see just how much press coverage is given when the Brit Iraq War Inquiry final report is given sometime, supposedly, in the next couple of months!

    What came out in the early public testimony, still waiting on the close door testimony, about what was going on in this country was indictable to many in it's self. And what were the rubber stamping war costs congressional reps saying and doing, especially while insider congressional trading was apparently rampant, as the long time tepub reps were the only ones meeting with White House officials and blocking the then minority Dems from even holding hearings or relegating them to basement rooms with them not even showing up!

    "If military action is worth our troops' blood, it should be worth our treasure, too; not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

    by jimstaro on Wed May 15, 2013 at 04:10:43 PM PDT

  •  This country is dead. (1+ / 0-)
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    It's as plain as day. We have one half of our government hell bent on tearing it down. And the other half willing to take it up the ass, over and over, again.

    Remember the VA death camps? The attacks against this President have been non-stop.

    It's time to fight back before it's too late.

    What is so unnerving about the candidacy of Sarah Palin is the degree to which she represents—and her supporters celebrate—the joyful marriage of confidence and ignorance. SAM HARRIS

    by Cpqemp on Wed May 15, 2013 at 04:35:55 PM PDT

    •  And the flag wavers, (1+ / 0-)
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      mimi

      with especially the press of present day, most not wanting to contribute to the society but want to reap all that's done and boy if not screamin bloody murder, still call this the 'united states'!!!!!!!!!!

      "If military action is worth our troops' blood, it should be worth our treasure, too; not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

      by jimstaro on Wed May 15, 2013 at 04:40:13 PM PDT

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  •  866,181 (2+ / 0-)
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    lao hong han, jimstaro

    holy shit!

    The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

    by Laurence Lewis on Wed May 15, 2013 at 05:35:58 PM PDT

  •  thanks, jim, for keeping this in the bright orange (1+ / 0-)
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    jimstaro

    spotlight.

    and for the mego crowd, please bear in mind that the occupation of afghanistqan is still producing dozens to hundreds of wounded every month--21 u.s. deaths there last month alone

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