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Introduction Most countries refuse war for a number of reasons, one of them is the economic impact war will have on any national economy. The stress war imposes on a national production system, the enormous cost of war logistics, war materials and the human cost a nation pays during and after a war is incalculable. In addition to all of these reasons, the economic transition from a wartime economy to a peacetime economy offers an additional stress to an economic system for years to come after the cessation of hostilities. The United States still facing issues from the Vietnam era more than fifty years after US forces left Vietnam in 1975. Regardless of these considerations, the United States is waging war in seven countries as off March 2018. Washington announced for the first time on March 14 2018 that American Army Green Berets in December 2017 fought a battle in Niger against Islamic State militants, killing 11. This battle occurred only two months after four Green Berets were killed in a surprise attack in the same country, which at the time aroused public curiosity as to why there was an American military presence there. The just-released information also raises concerns as to how transparent the United States government should be regarding its military operations. The U.S. currently has active military engagements in seven countries across the world, according to a White House report obtained by The New York Times. These countries include Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Libya and Niger.
A report based at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs finds that an average American taxpayer has spent $23,386 on post-9/11 wars. By the end of the fiscal year 2018, the overall U.S. spending on wars in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan could reach $5.6 trillion. This amount does not include expenditures in Yemen, Somalia, Libya and Niger. The report comes from the “Costs of War” project, whose international team of 35 scholars, human rights activists, physicians and legal experts research and facilitate debate about the ongoing expense of war. Neta Crawford, Costs of War co-director, and a professor of political science at Boston University, laid out how they arrived at the overall expenditure figures: The U.S. wars in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the increased spending on homeland security and the departments of defense, state and veterans affairs since the 9/11 attacks have cost more than $4.3 trillion in current dollars through fiscal year 2017,” explained Crawford. “Adding likely costs for fiscal year 2018 and estimated future obligations for veterans’ care, the costs of war total more than $5.6 trillion. Besides the spending by various government departments, the report also accounts for the cost of interest that the U.S. has paid so far on the money it borrowed to pay for the wars. These kind of figures are not counted in Pentagon’s reports on war costs, say the researchers. While the Costs of War report does take into account expenditures like health care and disability payments to veterans, there are still billions in unaccounted-for costs from a variety of sources like money spent by state and local governments to the donations of excess military equipment the U.S makes to countries in war zones. The report also doesn’t include money the U.S. spends on counter-terrorism activities in dozens of countries, its operations in the Horn of Africa, Uganda, Trans-Sahara, the Caribbean and Central America or the Department of Defense’s European Reassurance Initiative, which is aimed at deterring Russia. 16 years, 5 months and 14 days of Conflict The United States first invaded Afghanistan on October 7, 2001, as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. The Bush administration accused the country's then Taliban government of sheltering al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, who had masterminded the previous month's September 11 terrorist attacks. Since October 7 2001 to March 21, 2018 we have a total of 6,009 days of war between United States and Afghanistan, this translates to 16 years, 5 months and 14 days of war. It is a long time with a huge expenditure of resources and human life. The ONLY way out of this conflict will take place after the Nation (congress) takes a decision to end the war. As we see politics and politicians, this decision will not come easy nor it will come in a near future. For the nation to take this decision, the resident of the White House most be completely aware of the unacceptable price the nation is paying for something completely unattainable, a mirage, an Afghan fantasy! Since Donald Trump is not the White House resident with the vision nor the understanding needed to bring an end to these many wars, we will continue seeing and hearing of rumors of war and we will continue hearing of more American soldiers paying the ultimate price for the same cause.
March 21, 2018
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US is Waging War In Seven Countries And Potentially More to Come
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