Posts tagged ‘afghanistan’

June 20, 2011

Cost of Unwinnable War in Afghanistan for 2011: $122 Billion

by Ben Hoffman

You don’t hear many any right-wing pundits complaining about dumping $122 Billion a year down the Afghanistan toilet, but they’re outraged that we’re spending about the same amount from the Stimulus on our own country because that’s “socialism.”

What’s so bad about socialism? Here are some examples of socialism in the U.S: Our national parks, highways, libraries, the Smithsonian, highways, bridges, the electric grid, Social Security, Medicare, trash collection, NASA, the police department, the fire department, our military… Socialism is necessary for services for the commons; otherwise, it’s fraught with corruption. That’s why medical insurance should be socialized. One could make the case that internet access should also be socialized.

As of last summer, the Stimulus created 3 million jobs. Source Republicans and right-wingers hate that we spent money on our own country but don’t mind it being squandered on other countries in the name of security.

January 13, 2010

Obama Wants $708 Billion For Bush’s Wars Next Year

by Ben Hoffman

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will ask Congress for an additional $33 billion to fight unpopular wars in Afghanistan and Iraq on top of a record $708 billion for the Defense Department next year, The Associated Press has learned — a request that could be an especially hard sell to some of the administration’s Democratic allies.

The extra $33 billion in 2010 would mostly go toward the expansion of the war in Afghanistan. Obama ordered an extra 30,000 troops for that war as part of an overhaul of the war strategy late last year.

$708 billion comes out to $2,329 per person in the United States. Think about if the wars weren’t being paid for on credit but instead we had to ante up the money every year. We would have been out of there a long time ago.