THE COST OF VICTORY
Class interests have always been buried behind the glib statements made about the past and present. National security has been used by politicians to justify anything they wish to do. Another view of this is the creation of fear; an effective instrument used to control the submissive public.
Congress and the media spend most of their time with distractions as know Americans have short attention spans and memories. We don’t really know the subjects discussed in these Super Committee meetings, but would wager weeks pay they don’t consider cutting the costs of wars we are engaged in. The costs in human lives and suffering have been forgotten; so let’s look for tax money already wasted and future expenditures.
If ordinary media coverage is any guide, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan hardly exist anymore and our 1 billion dollar escapade in Libya has faded into the abyss along with our expensive Desert Storm blunder. We are about to station troops in Australia and Africa. In a country with enough nuclear bombs to wipe out most countries in a few minutes, we still live in a world of erroneous fear.
Let’s skip the human carnage and mess we have created in the fallacious misnomer of protecting our freedom and examine places our deficit hawks could find a few dollars that could be used for hiring teachers, policemen, health care and promoting jobs. Rather than giving my information it may be more authentic with a quote from The Senate Foreign Committee report since Obama ordered most troops in Iraq to return home.
“Already the largest in the world, the American diplomatic mission in Iraq will expand further as the State Department takes on full responsibility for its own security.
The embassy compound will continue to be the center of American gravity. But it will be supported by a planned 15 satellite sites across the country: Three police training centers, two consulates, two embassy branch offices, and five Offices of Security Cooperation sites.
Roughly 17000 individuals are expected to be under “chief of missions authority,” mostly third world life support and security contractors. The number of American diplomats in Iraq is projected to remain at 650 with an additional several hundred functional staff posted at the embassy from a variety of other government agencies, including UDAID and the Department of Treasury, Justice and agriculture.”
It must be noted that this is the largest embassy ever built, while our neo-cons are about to cut funding for Medicare, Social Security and other entitlement programs for the middle class and indigent.
After the transition is completed the cost of the State Department will amount to 6 billion dollars yearly. The big winners in Iraq are defense contractors who sold more weapon systems than they could use without technical support from our defense department. Rather than going into the Trillion dollars already spent on this war and the never ending muddle in Afghanistan it must be noted that the army of private contractors will be provided with a larger stimulus package than Republican senate members will ever allow within U.S borders.
We presently have over 15 million unemployed and over 69 million living below the poverty line. Many of these indigents are children who had no choice as to the economic status of parents they were accidently born with. This also pertains to children of illegal immigrants. Those living above the poverty line find it difficult to fathom the lives of these unfortunate humans.
Men seem to love war, especially those in power. Those not doing the fighting get a greater thrill if they or their family aren’t evolved. The human race, from my study of history is tribal and with religious, political or imperialistic tendencies bringing the tribes together. War, whether needed or not, brings out the flags and bumper stickers.
As I have said before “Civilization is a remote ideal.”
Japanese Proverb: In wealth Many Friends,
In poverty not even Relatives.