Tuesday, March 19, 2013

War Cost: Life, Limb, Dollars, National Soul and Honor

The War Principles - No Remorse, No Regrets, No Shame
(Rice, Cheney, Bush, and Rumsfeld)

Cost: Still Counting and Suffering at Home with Budgets to Pay

Update (March 20, 2013) this post from a dying Iraq War Vet, Tomas Young who is under Hospice care in his home in Kansas City, MO.  He wrote in the letter published on Truthdig.com, the following in part to George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney:

"I write not because I think you grasp the terrible human and moral consequences of your lies, manipulation and thirst for wealth and power. I write this letter because, before my own death, I want to make it clear that I, and hundreds of thousands of my fellow veterans, along with millions of my fellow citizens, along with hundreds of millions more in Iraq and the Middle East, know fully who you are and what you have done. You may evade justice but in our eyes you are each guilty of egregious war crimes, of plunder and, finally, of murder, including the murder of thousands of young Americans—my fellow veterans—whose future you stole."

A powerful letter and he is correct, he does speak for thousands of Vets probably more I suspect from both the Vietnam War era and certainly from the Iraq War era. Worth your time to read it.

Original Post Follows:

The post below set the scene for the invasion of Iraq, where history is still out on that war and its outcome, but we Americans paid heavy price and to a great extent, still and by some accounts, will pay for decades based on this fine article from the LA TIMES, in part below:

[snip] "In case you were wondering, the price tag for the war in Iraq could eventually top $6 trillion. March 19, 2013 marks the 10th anniversary of the U.S. invasion, occupation and slugfest of Iraq, which, lest we forget, was begun in the name of protecting us from weapons of mass destruction that never existed. 

"A study by Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies finds that the war has cost $1.7 trillion so far, with an additional $490 billion in benefits owed to war veterans. 

"Those costs could grow to more than $6 trillion over the next 40 years, the report concluded." [snip]

More fallout comes on top of that announced last week about Tuition Assistance (T/A) being cut or reduced for Vets now in college or about to enroll.

That story comes from ABC News:  "On the 10-year anniversary of the start of the Iraq War, and scholarships for children of troops who died fighting in that conflict are being cut by thousands of dollars, thanks to sequestration."

We are reminded about what it means to get into war, try to get out, and the racked up cost from NBCNews (the Maddow Show). It reminds us about Vietnam and that awful aftermath and now the one staring us in the face in Iraq, and most probably will in Afghanistan. That show is worth watching and can be seen here - FYI.

We must never forget and remember how easy it was to get into war in both Vietnam and Iraq and the cost and aftermath of both. Sadly, many do forget and that's why we keep making the same mistakes. History knows, but apparently we do not despite the political rhetoric otherwise. And, that is the worst part.

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