And so it began ten years ago tomorrow.
This week Brown University (another bastion of liberal lies and anyway, it’s un-American since it was founded before the American Revolution) published a comprehensive study of the costs – in blood and treasure – of our adventurous invasion of the sovereign nation of Iraq. (The full report is here. It’s broken down by subject – dollars, lives, politics etc.)
According to the report, the war has killed at least 190,000 people, including
men and women in uniform, contractors, and civilians and will cost the United
States $2.2 trillion.
Among the group’s main findings:
- More than 70 percent of those who died of direct war violence in Iraq have been civilians — an estimated 134,000. This number does not account for indirect deaths due to increased vulnerability to disease or injury as a result of war-degraded conditions. That number is estimated to be several times higher.
- The Iraq War will ultimately cost U.S. taxpayers at least $2.2 trillion. Because the Iraq war appropriations were funded by borrowing, cumulative interest through 2053 could amount to more than $3.9 trillion.
- Th $2.2 trillion figure includes care for veterans who were injured in the war in Iraq, which will cost the United States almost $500 billion through 2053.
- The total of U.S. service members killed in Iraq is 4,488. At least 3,400 U.S. contractors have died as well, a number often under-reported.
- Terrorism in Iraq increased dramatically as a result of the invasion and tactics and fighters were exported to Syria and other neighboring countries.
- Iraq’s health care infrastructure remains devastated from sanctions and war. More than half of Iraq’s medical doctors left the country during the 2000s, and tens of thousands of Iraqi patients are forced to seek health care outside the country.
- The $60 billion spent on reconstruction for Iraq has not gone to rebuilding infrastructure such as roads, health care, and water treatment systems, but primarily to the military and police. The Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction has found massive fraud, waste, and abuse of reconstruction funds.
Dont know if they touch on this, but neither electricity nor oil production has reached pre-war levels yet. And there is that business of Iraq now being a Shia ruled country aligned with Iran. But Cheney et al got their blood. So there’s that.
Pure patriot is our Dick – these comments from a former Vice President will serve so well the interests of The United States out in the wider world. Thanks for having our back you creep.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Saturday night that President Barack Obama has jeopardized U.S. national security by nominating substandard candidates for key cabinet posts and by degrading the U.S. military.
Right. Because you didn’t tear the military to shreds with two wars over a decade – unless soldier suicides don’t count. And it doesn’t count that the military is overwhelmed with caring for those with traumatic head injuries. Or that we became so desperate for new cannon fodder that the Army lowered standards to accept felons. Mr. “I had other priorities” went on:
“The performance now of Barack Obama as he staffs up the national security team for the second term is dismal,” Cheney said in comments to about 300 members of the Wyoming Republican Party.
Cheney, a Wyoming native, said it was vital to the nation’s national security that “good folks” hold the positions of secretary of state, CIA director and secretary of defense.
Like Rumsfeld, who Bush wanted to fire but was continually blocked by Cheney.
“Frankly, what he has appointed are second-rate people,” he said.
Like I said, keeping it classy.
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You may already be familiar with Americans Elect, the group working to put an internet-nominated presidential candidate on the ballot in 50 states. Just visited there to see what names have been submitted to date.
But he just started his book tour!
. . . that a former Vice President of the United States would go on the air and say that a sitting President is basically a traitor. Back on March 15, Cheney said the President “is making some choice that, in my mind, will, in fact, raise the risk to the American people of another attack.”
By ‘another attack’, I assume he was counting the one that occurred while he was Vice President, and when he couldn’t be bothered to schedule a single Principles meeting of the counterterrorism task force of which he was Chairman until exactly one week before on September 4. And this in spite of the pleadings of the people in government responsible for counterterrorism. In his book “Against All Enemies”, Richard Clark tells us he had been briefing at lower levels (known as Deputies) since January of ’01, but could not get any action at the Principles level until the September meeting. (Condi Rice didn’t even know who Bin Laden was and had never heard of Al Quaeda till Clark told her early on in the Administration.)
That of course, was NOT putting the nation at risk. What that actually was? That was hubris, incompetence, blinders on. They couldn’t see past Iraq; they really really wanted Iraq from Day 1.
And almost as soon as they hit Afghanistan, they abandoned it and turned those blind eyes toward Iraq.
And as for Afghanistan, today is the 207th day of the ninth year of the War there.
And we never got Bin Laden. And Al Quaeda has spread to North Africa and even Indonesia. And they don’t care.
“Conservation may be a sign of personal virtue but it is not a sufficient basis for a sound, comprehensive energy policy.” Dick Cheney, actual vice-president of the US, April 30, 2001
(Most offensive, condescending and cynical thing he ever said.)
He forgot to tell the Pentagon not to bother.
USA Today: It’s not just the troops’ uniforms that are green: The U.S. military says its investments to conserve energy and water are beginning to pay off, with benefits for cost, national security and troop safety.
The Army has cut water usage at its permanent bases and other facilities around the world by 31% since 2004, according to Pentagon data. The amount of energy used per square foot at Army facilities declined 10.4% during that same period.
So CPAC is swinging into it second day, all full of new energy after an infusion of crap (sorry) from their old friend – and ours – Richard Cheney, former vice-president of the these United States. He was introduced to the squeals and cries and thunderous applause of his surprised audience by his really vile daughter, Liz Cheney.
Vietnam? Where was that?
I’m tired of seeing her on Sunday morning shows. She is rude.
And so the CPAC crowd basked in the Cheney sunshine, as he thundered on his usual themes. Democrats will kill you. Terrorists will kill you. Taxes will kill you. Health care will kill you. They love that stuff.
But off in Afghanistan, there are thousands of troops who know exactly what will kill you. Bullets and bombs, my friends, bullets and bombs. They’re still ducking those on the 133rd day of the ninth year of the war there.