How Much Did the Iraq War Cost the United States (2003—2011)?

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US soldiers regularly slaughtered Iraqi Muslims with impunity.[n. 1], US soldiers also tattooed "fuck you" in Arabic onto themselves while they ransacked Iraqi people's homes.

US Loses Money, Big Oil Wins, but Gains Little:— The Iraq war cost the American taxpayer between $4 trillion dollars to $6 trillion dollars.[1] USAID administrator Andrew Nastios, who worked for the George W. Bush regime estimated the cost of the war in 2003 at $1.7 billion dollars. Other officials said the war would cost the Americans nothing, that it would be "free"; and the Iraqi oil would pay for the American war against Islam there. Stephen Friendman, who worked for the same regime; serving the national economic council director, was forced to quit, and then fired for estimating the cost at between $100 billion dollars to $200 billion dollars in 2002.[1] The US borrowed $2 trillion dollars for both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, with interest alone costing $260 billion dollars. The debt also contributed to 20% of the entire US national debt between 2001 and 2012.[1] In terms of the medical costs, at least 1,560,000 former US soldiers required medical treatment and benefit costs after the war, representing 56% of all US soldiers who terrorised Iraq and Afghanistan; a total of 3.7 million invaded both countries.[2] At least 250,000 of them were affected by traumatic brain injury (TBI).[3][4] The rate of suicide also boomed amongst American veterens. Around 6,500 American soldiers also killed themselves in 2012 alone.[5] The Veteren's Budget rose from $61.4 billion dollars to $140 billion dollars per year from 2001 to 2013.[6] Medical care and disability benefits will also cost $856 billion dollars in the next few decades from 2014 alone. Over 40 oil companies bid for Iraqi oil at it's end; but only US companies got the no-bid contracts.

US soldiers regularly slaughtered Iraqi Muslims with impunity.[n. 2], US soldiers also tattooed "fuck you" in Arabic onto themselves while they ransacked Iraqi people's homes.

US Loses Money, Big Oil Wins, but Gains Little:— The Iraq war cost the American taxpayer between $4 trillion dollars to $6 trillion dollars.[1] USAID administrator Andrew Nastios, who worked for the George W. Bush regime estimated the cost of the war in 2003 at $1.7 billion dollars. Other officials said the war would cost the Americans nothing, that it would be "free"; and the Iraqi oil would pay for the American war against Islam there. Stephen Friendman, who worked for the same regime; serving the national economic council director, was forced to quit, and then fired for estimating the cost at between $100 billion dollars to $200 billion dollars in 2002.[1]

The US borrowed $2 trillion dollars for both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, with interest alone costing $260 billion dollars. The debt also contributed to 20% of the entire US national debt between 2001 and 2012.[1]

In terms of the medical costs, at least 1,560,000 former US soldiers required medical treatment and benefit costs after the war, representing 56% of all US soldiers who terrorised Iraq and Afghanistan; a total of 3.7 million invaded both countries.[2] At least 250,000 of them were affected by traumatic brain injury (TBI).[3][4]

The rate of suicide also boomed amongst American veterens. Around 6,500 American soldiers also killed themselves in 2012 alone.[5]

The Veteren's Budget rose from $61.4 billion dollars to $140 billion dollars per year from 2001 to 2013.[6] Medical care and disability benefits will also cost $856 billion dollars in the next few decades from 2014 alone.

Over 40 oil companies bid for Iraqi oil at it's end; but only US companies got the no-bid contracts.

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Footnotes

  1. ^
    • Picture is from the following news source; confirming it's authenticity. This picture is not the only incident, or indeed the most violent. A video detailing one of thousands of instances of mass murder of Muslim men, women and children, who were brutally executed by American soldiers in Iraq was leaked by the hacktivist website Wikileaks.
    1. W.T. Whitney (October 30, 2013). The War in Iraq: an Assessment. Greenville Post. Retrieved May 5th, 2016.
    This was video that the Americans had kept and never intended to release to release to the public. It included the murder and execution of up to 12 people, that included 2 little girls and their father—a good Samaritan who did not know about the incident of mass murder, and was merely helping shot, wounded and dying men he came across while travelling in the city. As soon as the Muslim family pulled up, the American pilot began yelling "Come on let us shoot!", which they were allowed. A Reuters journalist and some unarmed men were amongst the dead. The video was also found to have been spuriously labelled "collateral damage" by the American military—and not murder which it was. The Americans had originally been making one of their numerous patrols of Baghdad by air in an AC-130 Hercules airplane. At the end of the incident one of the pilot disgustingly remarks that the dead father "should have never have brought his kids into the battle". The US soldiers were never prosecuted. In the video they further desecrated the corpse of the Muslim, by running a Bradley tank over him—it is unknown whether or not the man was even wholly dead.
    1. Cenk Uygur (April 5th, 2010). WikiLeaks Iraq Shooting Video Analysis. Youtube (The Young Turks). Retrieved April 5th, 2016.
    • The entire 17 minutes and 46 seconds of the video clip can be found on Youtube, which has to date, received approximately 15.5 million views.
    1. Wikileaks (April 3rd, 2010). Collateral Murder - Wikileaks - Iraq. Youtube (sunshinepress). Retrieved April 5th, 2016.
    • An Eye-Witness Account: Ethan McCord, an eye-witness, saw that the men who had been shot to death "did not look human" by the time he had arrived.
    In the video-clip he also showed that the Americans could clearly see the two children in the car. This video has received over 2.3 million views. The four-year old had been shot in the belly, and she had glass in her eyes and hair. Her seven year old brother was also shot, but survived. The father had hunched over his children to protect them. He had sacrificed his life to save his children from the Americans. The Americans also denied ground troops request to take her to the American hospital. A total of 10 people murdered in action. The two children had survived. The platoon leader told them to stop concerning himself with these "fucking kids". The American later cleaned the blood off his uniform, and ignored the act of mass murder. He was told to "quit being a pussy" when he did bring it up. Talking about such things felt like it was illegal; he said. His consciousness grew and the lack of humanity in the military haunted him; he wished to be willingly killed by an IED or sniper to "end the pain"; he reads out.
    1. Ethan McCord (August 10th, 2010). WikiLeaks' Collateral Murder: U.S. Soldier Ethan McCord. Youtube (mediasanctuary). Retrieved April 5th, 2016.
    With regards to the photo presented overall, Snopes claims that the picture is "false", but does not provided conclusive proof.
    1. David Mikkelson (September 12th, 2006). Naval Engagement Photograph show sailors spelling out the words 'FUCK IRAQ' on the deck of a U.S. aircraft carrier. Snopes. Retrieved May 5th, 2016.
    • Another former soldier details how he ordered rockets to be fired into a building and came across a family whom he directly murdered.
    The sole survivor was the mother, who put her hand on the US soldiers cheek and said "Inshallah" ("God wills it"); he did not tell her he had just murdered her family, but regretted his actions in a video crying about another incidence of mass murder.
    1. Grant Ivaw (September 16th, 2009). American Soldier Against IRAQ War 'I Killed Innocent People'. Youtube (abuusalih4). Retrieved May 5th, 2016.
  2. ^
    • Picture is from the following news source; confirming it's authenticity. This picture is not the only incident, or indeed the most violent. A video detailing one of thousands of instances of mass murder of Muslim men, women and children, who were brutally executed by American soldiers in Iraq was leaked by the hacktivist website Wikileaks.
    1. W.T. Whitney (October 30, 2013). The War in Iraq: an Assessment. Greenville Post. Retrieved May 5th, 2016.
    This was video that the Americans had kept and never intended to release to release to the public. It included the murder and execution of up to 12 people, that included 2 little girls and their father—a good Samaritan who did not know about the incident of mass murder, and was merely helping shot, wounded and dying men he came across while travelling in the city. As soon as the Muslim family pulled up, the American pilot began yelling "Come on let us shoot!", which they were allowed. A Reuters journalist and some unarmed men were amongst the dead. The video was also found to have been spuriously labelled "collateral damage" by the American military—and not murder which it was. The Americans had originally been making one of their numerous patrols of Baghdad by air in an AC-130 Hercules airplane. At the end of the incident one of the pilot disgustingly remarks that the dead father "should have never have brought his kids into the battle". The US soldiers were never prosecuted. In the video they further desecrated the corpse of the Muslim, by running a Bradley tank over him—it is unknown whether or not the man was even wholly dead.
    1. Cenk Uygur (April 5th, 2010). WikiLeaks Iraq Shooting Video Analysis. Youtube (The Young Turks). Retrieved April 5th, 2016.
    • The entire 17 minutes and 46 seconds of the video clip can be found on Youtube, which has to date, received approximately 15.5 million views.
    1. Wikileaks (April 3rd, 2010). Collateral Murder - Wikileaks - Iraq. Youtube (sunshinepress). Retrieved April 5th, 2016.
    • An Eye-Witness Account: Ethan McCord, an eye-witness, saw that the men who had been shot to death "did not look human" by the time he had arrived.
    In the video-clip he also showed that the Americans could clearly see the two children in the car. This video has received over 2.3 million views. The four-year old had been shot in the belly, and she had glass in her eyes and hair. Her seven year old brother was also shot, but survived. The father had hunched over his children to protect them. He had sacrificed his life to save his children from the Americans. The Americans also denied ground troops request to take her to the American hospital. A total of 10 people murdered in action. The two children had survived. The platoon leader told them to stop concerning himself with these "fucking kids". The American later cleaned the blood off his uniform, and ignored the act of mass murder. He was told to "quit being a pussy" when he did bring it up. Talking about such things felt like it was illegal; he said. His consciousness grew and the lack of humanity in the military haunted him; he wished to be willingly killed by an IED or sniper to "end the pain"; he reads out.
    1. Ethan McCord (August 10th, 2010). WikiLeaks' Collateral Murder: U.S. Soldier Ethan McCord. Youtube (mediasanctuary). Retrieved April 5th, 2016.
    With regards to the photo presented overall, Snopes claims that the picture is "false", but does not provided conclusive proof.
    1. David Mikkelson (September 12th, 2006). Naval Engagement Photograph show sailors spelling out the words 'FUCK IRAQ' on the deck of a U.S. aircraft carrier. Snopes. Retrieved May 5th, 2016.
    • Another former soldier details how he ordered rockets to be fired into a building and came across a family whom he directly murdered.
    The sole survivor was the mother, who put her hand on the US soldiers cheek and said "Inshallah" ("God wills it"); he did not tell her he had just murdered her family, but regretted his actions in a video crying about another incidence of mass murder.
    1. Grant Ivaw (September 16th, 2009). American Soldier Against IRAQ War 'I Killed Innocent People'. Youtube (abuusalih4). Retrieved May 5th, 2016.

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f Ernesto Londoño (March 28th, 2013). Study: Iraq, Afghan war costs to top $4 trillion. The Washington Post. Retrieved May 5th, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Alan Zarembo (January 15th, 2015). Detailed study confirms high suicide rate among recent veterans. LA Times. Retrieved May 5th, 2016.
  3. ^ a b G. Kurt Piehler (24 July 2013). Encyclopedia of Military Science. SAGE Publications. p. 834. ISBN 978-1-4522-7632-8.
  4. ^ a b Paige Whaley Eager (24 February 2016). Waging Gendered Wars: U.S. Military Women in Afghanistan and Iraq. Taylor & Francis. p. 110. ISBN 978-1-317-00069-3.
  5. ^ a b Ed Pilkington (February 1st, 2013). US military struggling to stop suicide epidemic among war veterans. The Guardian. Retrieved May 5th, 2016.
  6. ^ a b Linda J. Bilmes (2013). The Financial Legacy of Iraq and Afghanistan: How Wartime Spending Decisions will Cancel Out the Peace Dividend. Harvard University. Retrieved May 5th, 2016.

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