The Cost of the Iraq war Is Over $10 Million Per Person Killed

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Iraq war costs U.S. more than $2 trillion: study

Reuters

 

By Daniel Trotta

NEW YORK

(Reuters) – The U.S. war in Iraq has cost $1.7 trillion with an additional $490 billion in benefits owed to war veterans, expenses that could grow to more than $6 trillion over the next four decades counting interest, a study released on Thursday said.

The war has killed at least 134,000 Iraqi civilians and may have contributed to the deaths of as many as four times that number, according to the Costs of War Project by the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University.

When security forces, insurgents, journalists and humanitarian workers were included, the war’s death toll rose to an estimated 176,000 to 189,000, the study said.

The report, the work of about 30 academics and experts, was published in advance of the 10th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq on March 19, 2003.

It was also an update of a 2011 report the Watson Institute produced ahead of the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks that assessed the cost in dollars and lives from the resulting wars in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq.

The 2011 study said the combined cost of the wars was at least $3.7 trillion, based on actual expenditures from the U.S. Treasury and future commitments, such as the medical and disability claims of U.S. war veterans.

That estimate climbed to nearly $4 trillion in the update.

The estimated death toll from the three wars, previously at 224,000 to 258,000, increased to a range of 272,000 to 329,000 two years later.

Excluded were indirect deaths caused by the mass exodus of doctors and a devastated infrastructure, for example, while the costs left out trillions of dollars in interest the United States could pay over the next 40 years.

The interest on expenses for the Iraq war could amount to about $4 trillion during that period, the report said.

The report also examined the burden on U.S. veterans and their families, showing a deep social cost as well as an increase in spending on veterans. The 2011 study found U.S. medical and disability claims for veterans after a decade of war totaled $33 billion. Two years later, that number had risen to $134.7 billion.

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The report concluded the United States gained little from the war while Iraq was traumatized by it. The war reinvigorated radical Islamist militants in the region, set back women’s rights, and weakened an already precarious healthcare system, the report said. Meanwhile, the $212 billion reconstruction effort was largely a failure with most of that money spent on security or lost to waste and fraud, it said.

Former President George W. Bush’s administration cited its belief that Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s government held weapons of mass destruction to justify the decision to go to war. U.S. and allied forces later found that such stockpiles did not exist.

Supporters of the war argued that intelligence available at the time concluded Iraq held the banned weapons and noted that even some countries that opposed the invasion agreed with the assessment.

"Action needed to be taken," said Steven Bucci, the military assistant to former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld in the run-up to the war and today a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative Washington-based think-tank.

Bucci, who was unconnected to the Watson study, agreed with its observation that the forecasts for the cost and duration of the war proved to be a tiny fraction of the real costs.

"If we had had the foresight to see how long it would last and even if it would have cost half the lives, we would not have gone in," Bucci said. "Just the time alone would have been enough to stop us. Everyone thought it would be short."

Bucci said the toppling of Saddam and the results of an unforeseen conflict between U.S.-led forces and al Qaeda militants drawn to Iraq were positive outcomes of the war.

"It was really in Iraq that ‘al Qaeda central’ died," Bucci said. "They got waxed."

(Editing by Paul Simao)

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The CIA Takes Opposite Sides in Syria and Iraq

[How long will the American people endure the obvious hypocrisy of its government allegedly fighting against “al-CIA-da” on one side of a border and supplying its terrorists with weapons on the other side of the same border?  The agency is really gambling by counting on the American to be so stupid that they cannot see that this has always been the way of Bush’s war, an now it is the same with Obama’s war.]

The CIA Takes Opposite Sides in Syria and Iraq

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Robert Dreyfuss


A Syrian rebel in Damascus. (Reuters/Ahmed Jadallah.)

What, really, could be more bizarre than this: as the United States ramps up its aid to Syria’s rag-tag rebels, whose backbone is comprised of radical Islamists and Sunni fundamentalists, some with ties to Al Qaeda, the CIA is busily engaged in combat inside Iraq with the very same radical Islamists and Sunni fundamentalists, some with ties to Al Qaeda.

Yep, that’s right.

We’re backing the same guys in Syria that we’re fighting in Iraq.

Of course, we shouldn’t be involved in Iraq in any way, shape or form, but try telling that to the CIA. According to the Wall Street Journal:

The Central Intelligence Agency is ramping up support to elite Iraqi antiterrorism units to better fight al Qaeda affiliates, amid alarm in Washington about spillover from the civil war in neighboring Syria, according to US officials.

The stepped-up mission expands a covert US presence on the edges of the two-year-old Syrian conflict, at a time of American concerns about the growing power of extremists in the Syrian rebellion.

The Journal notes that this isn’t an accident. It was the result of a carefully thought-out White House decision:

In a series of secret decisions from 2011 to late 2012, the White House directed the CIA to provide support to Iraq’s Counterterrorism Service, or CTS, a force that reports directly to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, officials said.

The CIA has since ramped up its work with the CTS—taking control of a mission long run by the U.S. military, according to administration and defense officials. For years, U.S. special-operations forces worked with CTS against al Qaeda in Iraq. But the military’s role has dwindled since U.S. troops pulled out of the country at the end of 2011.

The paradox, obviously, is that Maliki, the guy we’re helping in Iraq, is an ally of Iran’s and is sympathetic to President Assad of Syria. That’s because were the Sunni-led rebels in Syria to seize Damascus and topple Assad, they’d turn their wrath next door against the Shiite-led Maliki regime, and funnel weapons and fighters to support the Sunni-led rebels in Iraq.

That’s not stopping the United States, though, from boosting the fortunes of the Syrian rebels by funneling aid and support to them and coordinating the flow of weapons from Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey. Meanwhile, as The New York Times has been reporting for a while, the same CIA that is trying to squash the Sunni rebels in Iraq is actually training Sunni rebels in a secret program in Jordan, to fight in Syria.

Oddly enough, the rest of the media hasn’t picked up on the Times reports on the CIA training efforts in Jordan, and the Times itself hasn’t elaborated. How many gangsters are is the CIA training in Jordan? What are they doing?

It all comes together in the recent reports that dozens of Syrian soldiers, loyal to Assad, who fled into Iraq recently, were then massacred by Iraqi Sunni crazies.

We blundered, bungling, into Iraq in 2003 without knowing really a damn thing about the country we invaded. When will the United States learn that it doesn’t know enough about the Middle East to go charging in there with guns, seemingly without a clue about what it all means?

In the lead-up to the tenth anniversary of the Iraq War, Greg Mitchell continues to probe press coverage of the conflict.

Pakistan Blamed In Latest Attack In Srinagar Because of Anti-Fungal Ointment?

[What kind of professional terrorists take their personal diaries or eczema creme into a ‘Fedayeen” terrorist assault?  Any foreign terrorist who wanted to enter Kashmir would have to go through Pakistan, entering the country at Karachi.]

"Foreign" terrorists behind Srinagar attack: Shinde

The Hindu

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Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde made the statement after sharp criticism by members from various parties. Mr. Shinde speaking in the Rajya Sabha in New Delhi on Thursday.

PTI Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde made the statement after sharp criticism by members from various parties. Mr. Shinde speaking in the Rajya Sabha in New Delhi on Thursday.

Amid strong attack from various political parties over terror strike in Kashmir, Government on Thursday indicated Pakistani link to the attackers but refrained from saying that they belonged to that country.

Making identical statements in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said some items bearing markings of Pakistan have been recovered from the terrorists who were killed in the encounter after attack on a CRPF camp.

He made the statement after sharp criticism by members from various parties, who said the government has repeatedly failed in preventing terror incidents as well in dealing with Pakistan from where it originates.

“The killed terrorists are suspected to be of foreign origin,” he said about the incident in which five CRPF jawans lost their lives while battling the attackers.

When pressed in the Rajya Sabha for clarifications, Mr. Shinde said he did not say that the terrorists were Pakistanis and only mentioned them as foreigners.

“From the bodies of terrorists killed, two diaries, one each containing numbers suspected to be of Pakistanis, tube of Betnovate, a skin ointment were recovered. Further investigations reveal that this tube was manufactured in Glaxo Smithkline Pak Ltd, at 35 Dockyard, Karachi. The name of the tube mentioned in Urdu and the numbers mentioned in the diaries appear to be of Pakistani origin,” he said.

He insisted that the government was dealing with terror strongly. “Yahan koi chudiyan nahin pahna hai. Sabke haath me taakat hai (Nobody is wearing bangles on their hands. Everybody is strong),” he said, responding to members’ criticism of being soft.

At the same time, he said, the government “knew there will be such attempts” after the execution of Mumbai terror attack convict Ajmal Kasab and Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

British “Lord” Gets Penalized for Mentioning Jewish Control of Western Media

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U.K. lawmaker suspended over ‘Jewish’ remarks

The Hindu

AP

 

Britain’s Labour Party has suspended one of its members in the House of Lords amid allegations he blamed a Jewish conspiracy for his prison sentence for dangerous driving.

Nazir Ahmed, 55, was jailed in 2009 for sending text messages shortly before his car was involved in a fatal crash.

The Times of London says that in an Urdu-language TV interview it has obtained, Lord Ahmed blamed his 12-week prison sentence on pressure put on courts by Jewish-owned media organization.

The Labour Party said Thursday it “deplores and does not tolerate” anti-Semitism and is suspending Lord Ahmed pending an investigation.

Lord Ahmed was also suspended from the party last year amid reports he offered a bounty for the capture of President Barack Obama comments he denied.

Paris, London To Arm Syrian Terrorists Even Without EU Support

[If Paris and London move to arm the very “Al-Qaeda” terrorists whom we have all allegedly been fighting against for the past ten years, for the purpose of overthrowing another “sovereign nation,” then the good citizens of Britain and France have every right to overthrow their own tyrannical governments and state supporters of terrorism.]

Paris, London to arm Syria rebels even without EU support

News Asia

PARIS: France and Britain are prepared to arm Syrian rebels even without unanimous EU support, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Thursday.


Paris and London will call for moving up the date of the next European Union meeting on the Syria arms embargo, and will decide to arm the rebels if the 27-member EU does not give unanimous agreement, he said.

France and Britain ask “the Europeans now to lift the embargo so that the resistance fighters have the possibility of defending themselves,” he told France Info radio.

If unanimous EU support for lifting the measure is lacking, the French and British governments will decide to deliver weapons, Fabius said.

France “is a sovereign nation,” he added.

The next EU meeting to study the embargo is planned for the end of May, but Fabius said Paris and London want to have the meeting earlier.

“We must move quickly,” and “and we along with the British will ask for the meeting to be moved up,” he said, not ruling out a gathering before the end of March.

Prime Minister David Cameron said Tuesday that Britain would consider ignoring an EU arms ban and supplying weapons to Syrian rebels if it would help topple President Bashar al-Assad.

The EU last month amended its embargo to allow member nations to supply “non-lethal” equipment and training to the opposition but stopped short of lifting the embargo entirely.