The Real Cost Of War: Three Times More Than The Government Admits

Tyler Durden's picture

Imagine if the $5.6 trillion that it is now estimated to have been spent on 16 years of US global wars had been put to better use?


Imagine how families would have been able to afford education if the value of the dollar had not been inflated away to fund the military industrial complex.

In today's Liberty Report Ron Paul and Daniel McAdams discuss a new Brown University study concluding that the endless wars have cost three times more than the Pentagon estimated:

Source: Daniel McAdams via The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity

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fulliautomatix's picture

Nope, still not right. Higher...

Gap Admirer's picture

And still the MIC is about 3 (THREE, Tres. III) times smaller than the WIC (Welfare Industrial Complex).  Cut both the MIC and the WIC.  No more FREE $HIT FOR EVERYBODY!!!

https://www.usgovernmentspending.com/US_fed_spending_pie_chart

Federal PENSIONS = 26% of the budget!  And will be growing fast as the baby boomers retire.

rejected's picture

Much of their waste, including the military is off budget.

1 Alabama's picture

imagine if the gvt actually had a brain, instead we have a shit hole full of turds.

Tallest Skil's picture

Imagine if Israel didn’t dictate US foreign policy.

thevekja's picture

Thank god we can borrow money from the Fed

hannah's picture

thank god there are some jews to loan us a buck to make it to payday....

MozartIII's picture

So Cheney admitted loosing 3 trillion or so on or around 9/11. Now they under budget things by 2/3rds.

 

When the US does fall apart and split up. Keep all the washington people there, they promised the payback, let the world hold them to it!

Hulk's picture

I believe it was Rumsfuck. Either way, why the fuck would they do that ???

Schmuck Raker's picture

Well yeah, it's how they roll.

sheikurbootie's picture

What fucking better use? 

It would have ended up overfunding the fucking shitty public education system or some other useless endeavor to make liberals "feel" good about themselves (while spending someone elses money).

The Constitution DEMANDS government PROVIDE for the common defense.  Shut the fuck up about military spending.  Waste, yes.  Spending, NO.

JibjeResearch's picture

Agree, public education does not need that money.

It should be put into Space/Ocean/Mantle mining for resources to get ahead...

Defense Spending is not needed beyond $500B, even this number is outrageous..

TBT or not TBT's picture

Welfare and income redistribution money shouldn't be stolen from us in the first place.   

LightBeamCowboy's picture

We might want to take a clue from the Chinese, who are building the Silk Road transcontinental railway system to get their manufactured goods to the rest of Asia and Europe faster. If the US did something similar, we would have built a railway from Prudhoe Bay to Tierra Del Fuego instead of pissing away our national future on wars for Israel. Ever traveled on the joke called the Pan American Highway? My experience of it was slow, filled with potholes, corrupt soldiers and border guards, and the occasional bullet-riddled body. As I understand it, there are still places going through the mountains south from Panama into Columbia where travel is not recommended. There will undoubtedly be places like this that the Silk Road goes through, but making travel through them faster, easier, and safer will slowly bring them into the modern world.

rejected's picture

The Constitution DEMANDS government PROVIDE for the common defense.  Shut the fuck up about military spending. 

I'm not sure they meant wasting 7 nations in 16 years, killing millions,  who could not have done the US harm even if they wanted to...  wasting 10 trillion,,, losing another 20 trillion to a bunch of parasites in the MIIC.

Now it's Somalia. Want to explain how that fits in to the common defense BS.

Colonel Shitzengiggles's picture

Not spending? Waste w/o spending, hmm. Spending on necessary shit will be waste, so “waste” on the biggest area of corruption & waste. Even if I’m partially gettin yer drift, that’s some beautimus Maximus logic. The most diehard lifer military friends in leadership will blow your mind w their stories. I’m pretty sure nothing would illicit a change of opinion, so I’ll spare us both the hassle.

338's picture

You are seriously disturbed.

 

But the application of violence across the globe is what people like, just like they like the application of force in their own neighborhoods.

 

Sad state of affairs, it seems like peace and prosperity is going the way of the Dodo bird.

 

sean

LightBeamCowboy's picture

"...useless endeavor to make liberals "feel" good about themselves (while spending someone elses money)."

Please replace the word "liberals" with "generals" and then look in a mirror.

MrBoompi's picture

The "Pentagon" loses more money than it spends on war.

Obsidian Samctum's picture

They get lost in peoples pocket.

Mena Arkansas's picture

So while Lockheed, General Dynamics, Halliburton, et al gorge themselves at the banquet like the war pigs they are.

The poor taxpayer with the rumbling belly can take solace in the fact they are getting stuck with the tab.

Dragon HAwk's picture

And think of how little the world would have to spend on Defense if USA wasn't the aggressor.  sometimes it's better to be in second place and see what number one actually spends.  Damn Peace Bonus, can't make money selling guns with that Bullshit theory .

Reaper's picture

Defense spending is the same economic fallacy as the broken window fallacy.  The true cost is all that would be created had the spending been elsewhere.  Additional costs are the lost lives, the lives producing nothing, and diversion of non replenishable assets. 

kudocast's picture

Perpetual wars by America are for 2 reasons:

  1. Allow corporations to expand and dominate markets in other countries, and extract resources - commodities, agriculture, oil, labor. America's "interests" in other countries are for the sole benefit of corporations expanding their market share, and ruling other countries politicians and economies for the benefit of the corporations. Corporations are today's colonialists.
  2. The U.S. military industrial political complex enables the corporate colonialism with their war machine - invading other countries, overthrowing governments, assassinations, etc. The corporations, military, industry, politicians could care less about the American people, and thus the grotesque misallocation of taxpayer money into the war machine, medical/pharmaceutical industry monopolies with no competition healthcare system, pollution of ocean, lakes, and rivers.
  3. The U.S. was able to do this after WWII for decades because Europe and Asia were in shambles. The U.S. dominance was then enhanced for a few decades after the dissolution of Russia in the early 1990's because we were the "sole" superpower.

    The U.S.'s arrogance and stupidity in global affairs has reached a climax with it being symbolized in Donald Trump. The rest of the world is sick of the U.S.'s imperialistic policies and are gradually banding together to resist America's corruption.

    Someday, which has already started, the U.S. as Bob Dylan said "will be judged"

Bloody Fkn Muppet's picture

We can't be reducing the money for DEFENSE, think how many countries would invade America if we did? Oh...

 

Wait! How about our 'partner' in the strategically important zone commonly known as the Middle East! We have to defend our strategically important allies, think how many countries' production of oil would be diminished if they were at war. Oh...

 

How about defending our equals in the fight against COMMUNISM. Oh...

 

There's always the ongoing war against drugs, we should fight for our children against drugs, because isn't MJ bad, m'kay? Oh...

 

Hang on... is all the trillions just a complete waste of trillions of fucking taxpayer dollars, millions of fucking lives, the US reputation in fucking dozens of countries, just to enrich a few fiucking companies and fucking billionaires?

Twee Surgeon's picture

Remember that time those Terrists flew that jet into the Pentagon ? and the video from the nearby gas station went missing, never to be seen ? Just like the $2 trillion Rumsfeld mentioned had gone missing from the Pentagon the night before and I saw that shit with my own eyes .

In a world of obvious false flags, Imagined or admitted to by Governments, Like Havana Harbor and the Mekong gulf thing and so many others, one must adopt a suspicious outlook. The flavor of the month, this month, is that Hollywood is full of highly sexed producers and all the rest of that Distraction.

Meanwhile, back at the bottom of the Sea, a submarine has gone missing with crew and all (May God be with them if it's legit.) But in the world of 'I don't believe a fucking thing the powers that be are spouting' My false Flag political expectation is that a British ship locates and rescues the crew of the Argentinian Submarine using advanced technology and the Argentine sailors all go home and there is dancing in the streets of Buenos Aires . All the bad blood is forgotten between the two nations and Britain Brexits into a brave new Argentine renaissance after broke dick ten times over Argentina signs a delicious trade agreement and is brought back on line as scheduled.

I hate to be so suspicious and may God be with the Argie boat men, but at this point, all I can do is suspect Political shenanigans and fraud.

Go long Argentina though if they are Bringing it back, resources inestimable, into the plan. i hope I'm wrong and those sailors get home safe and soon.

Let it Go's picture

As the world matured, communications improved, and as people traveled more many of us hoped the catalyst for war would diminish. Instead, with new technology, mankind has only expanded our abilities to spread death and destruction.

 National pride, political agendas, religious and ethnic hatreds are some of the biggest roadblocks to world peace. The article below delves into why we continue to pursue warfare when it has proven to be a pathetic option in bringing about positive change,

http:/War Carries With It A Huge Hidden Cost.html

datbedank's picture

You know what? I don't care. For one, I like having a strong military. I like that if we really wanted to, we could forcibly take whatever the heck we want so long as we kick the locals out first. Shame we don't do this with Mexico. 

I own stocks in a few defense contractors. Each time defense spending goes up, I make money. 

These wars generally go to bomb people who kill gays, subjugate women, fuck camels, and idealize a pedophile as a prophet of God. A bunch of people who probably deserve the misery of being bombed to shit. 

 

Is there waste? Of course, but i'd rather spend $5.6 trillion on this instead of giving it dindu nuffins and green energy projects. 

louie1's picture

Wars are mass murder and the US is the biggest mass murderer. Most Americans are ignorant dickheads who are really frightened of all the baddies. Grow up and get some guts. Tell the military to turn their guns on themselves and do the everyone a favour.

The US industrial military zionist model should be wiped from the face of the earth.

myopinion's picture

But if "Most Americans are ignorant dickheads" as you say then how would they know to "Tell the military to turn their guns on themselves"?  I think it might be true to say a few are ignorant and more feel helpless to do anything about it. I'd say too, that it's getting harder to be ignorant--that time is short with the USD printing press and Dollar dominance too.  This thing might just fix itself.   

 

wide angle tree's picture

Education is a bad example. Education and Healthcare are big frauds just like the wars.

To Hell In A Handbasket's picture

It's all printed and digital numbers, while the rest of the world is forced to hold those bogus dollars for payments in oil and other transactions. It's all an accounting fraud. The USSA prints money and gets tangible goods in return. When this ends, so does the USSA as we know it. 

BRING IT ON! I can't fucking wait.

webmatex's picture

$17000 per person @ %.

They should have bought BTC oh...

redmudhooch's picture

Send Netanyahu the bill.

If he don't pay, bomb the shit out of Israel.

Problem solved.

Drop-Hammer's picture

Yes, $5.6 trillion spent to do Israel's dirty work.  I am sure that they now appreciate and embrace us goyim for our largesse, spilled blood, and shredded flesh.