Infographic: Visualizing The True Cost Of War

Tyler Durden's picture

While we have shown some quite fascinating infographics (here and here) from the folks at Demonocracy, this one may be the most informative. Because while everyone knows by now that if the global "bailout" to preserve the insolvent ponzi were to be paid in crisp, physical $100 bills, the amount of money required would fill countless skyscrapers, and only pales compared to the the amount of money needed to fund the insolvent welfare state which at last check was at over a quarter of a quadrillion, it is another less appreciated aspect of the daily US spending routine that is arguably just as big an offender when it comes to endless wanton spending: the cost of war. Below we present just that, in a series of simple, easy to understand charts that even Nobel peace prize winners should grasp.

The true cost of war:

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Robot Traders Mom's picture

Obviously, a lot of fellow ZH'ers believe in Ron Paul and his anti pre-emption/military industrial complex message.


Assuming he doesn't get the nomination (I still believe in him), will my fellow believers jump ship and vote for Obama just to give the middle finger to the Republican establishment, or just not vote at all?


Either way, the Republican party isn't winning shit without Ron Paul. They are too smart to not know this. There are much bigger forces at work here...

I think I need to buy a gun's picture

the republican party doesn't want to win this election. The next 4 years are a shitstorm, they'll take back over in 2016,,,,,,,,,,,,,

the price of gold is now flatlined at 1725............hmmmmm,,,,,,,,sooooonnnn

GFKjunior's picture

I'm thinking we wont make it till 2016.


But no, if Dr. Paul's not on the ballot I will just right him in. The US made their bed, let them wallow in it. I have enough gold and guns not to be worried.

economics1996's picture

In 2016 there will not be enough white people to elect a Republican.  We will be better off breaking away in the next decade.

Michael's picture

I'm OK with letting the Democrats and Obama take most of the blame for the complete and total economic collapse of the USA that is now a mathematical certainty.

economics1996's picture

I don’t think you understand, whites are 61% of the population, black vote on skin color, 95%, Hispanics vote on skin color, 65%, in 2016 there will never be another Republican president.  America will become Mexico, and the PRI party that ruled 70 years.

Doña K's picture

By 2016, Montana, Wyoming, Texas and New Hamshire will be independent countries 

rocker's picture

Hello: Tyler Durden .   Please note.  Whoever this site belongs to is contaminated. I tried three times. It crashed three times.

They must want to load all kinds of crap on a PC without authorization.  Worst site I came across this year. 

I was just trying to blow up the page so I could read it. It crashes all my other open pages too.

How about giving us a view without the contamination.  Never came across something this bad on Zh ever.

Please note: I am not trying to reflect a opinion about this site or the post. I am just trying to read it.

Have a Great Day All.  

redpill's picture

Perhaps appropriately for Valentine's Day, sometimes it's not them, it's you.


Acet's picture

It's a huge image.

In my professional opinion, it would very likelly crash the browser in a PC which doesn't have much free memory and/or an older browser version. I suggest getting the latest version of Firefox or Chrome and maybe closing some applications.

clymer's picture

Linux is free.

Ubuntu is your friend.


macholatte's picture


What is missing from the analysis of the cost of war, which they disclosed in the fine print at the bottom, is the toll of the wounded, maimed and mentally injured soldiers. I read one account that said it was close to half a million. Anybody know?


It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.
George S. Patton

No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country.
George S. Patton

LuKOsro's picture

Is this in any way a cost benefit analysis, without the benefits ? Report all the profits and windfalls arisen from these two wars for resources.

AldousHuxley's picture

purpose of war is to stimulate demand during recession by destroying shit.


Spend money on missiles to destroy power plants, so that they can build another power plant.


All seed technology comes from wars because security threat is only way to get rich to spend on innovation.



fockewulf190's picture

There is a major problem with this view. War consumes massive amounts of resources in all catagories...many of them being finite. This in turn increases the cost of recovery back to the previous standard of living. Eventually, Marshall plans become pipe dreams and the second Dark Ages begins, filled with Mad Maxes and zombie like scavengers.

jeff montanye's picture

another contradiction of these "neo-colonial" wars (utterly different from ww2 and patton's worldview) is that they are ostensibly fought to bring democracy to these areas.  in iraq this has been done to a degee, perhaps very temporarily.  to the extent it can, iraq has refused a continued u.s. military presence, tellingly.

that is, if the u.s. is even remotely rational (i know), we are, especially given the notorious inaccuracy of a heavily aerial campaign, bombing people into voting for our candidates.  essentially shooting them until they like us.  

the u.s. civil war vanquished the south.  it did not persuade it.  and that was a single country of a single language of a single religion.

and these wars are not just for resources (imo).  especially with iraq (and soon iran?) the people who actually agitate for the war(s) are motivated by (imo misplaced) zionism.  wolfowitz, lieberman, perle, krauthammer, et. al. were not in the oil business.

will the u.s. be liked or obeyed more after these crimes?  will israel be safer when these governments more closely reflect the will of their people?

Acet's picture

Benefits? What benefits?

Both wars were started following a "rainbows and unicorns" strategic vision that in weeks both regimes would fall and people would welcome with open arms the foreign invaders .... err, i mean, liberators and (at least for Iraq) American and British oil majors would quickly start getting a slice of the local's oil wealth.

It didn't work so well, now did it? After years of war it's pretty clear that even the puppet regimes installed there are either turning against the "liberators" or likelly to be thrown down as soon as the cohalition forces leave.

Frankly this was the biggest strategic clusterfuck in modern history.

andyupnorth's picture

But still, TPTB profitted from this.

kralizec's picture

Get used to it LuKOsro, there is only one side on ZH.

moondog's picture

Great profits and windfalls have benefitted the MIC. If you are associated with them, you have done well. The other 99.999% of the world has NOT profited.

Kiwi Pete's picture

Imagine the world today if GW Bush had renounced terrorism and war after 9/11 and pledged to use all peaceful means to bring the perpetrators to justice. If he had stood before the world and declared that it would be so easy to retaliate militarily but that America would instead take the high moral ground. That he wasn't going to fall into the trap the terrorists had set for him of excessive response fom the military superpower. Because America stands for justice, freedom and the rule of law and would not compromise it's high principles on the altar of vengence.

That would have been the statesmanlike thing to do. But instead he embarked the US on the one obvious course to ruin. Almost as if he wanted to follow their game plan.

zhandax's picture

Get a fuckin clue.  This is about keeping the petrodollar sacrosanct.  Looks like you skipped class last week.

Note to LKO; I don't know if we have enough computer power to uncover all the people who made profits and windfalls from these two wars.

jeff montanye's picture

but does it keep the petrodollar strong?  is the u.s. military stronger after iraq, afghanistan, pakistan, yemen, libya?  do the authoritarian regimes of the persian gulf feel more secure?  is the u.s. government supported by its people (crucial even in authoritarian states) more than a decade ago? is the u.s. dollar's future brighter now that there are three times more of them than a few short years ago?  and less oil.

Kobe Beef's picture

Imagine if GW Bush had embarked upon a real investigation to reveal the 9/11 perpetrators and brought them to justice.

Wait, he couldn't. He's probably one of them.

monoloco's picture

I predict that once all the returning soldiers discover that they can get a full military disability for PTSD, almost 100% will suffer from it. Think about how much that will cost.

Michael's picture

The Citizens United decision was good because it makes this allowed by private individuals and companies during campaigns;

Hillary the Movie, Trailer

Raymond Reason's picture

That video is inspiring.  That is real hope.  Ron Paul's message gets through to all people who have not lost the ability to think critically/honestly, regardless of race, creed or gender. 

JR's picture

Obama’s campaign is running on straight socialism as per his latest budget address.

Obama and the Democrat Party have divided the country along class lines, increasing the nation’s emphasis upon socialism and racial warfare by using federal spending to make people – be they government-connected workers and professionals or non-working welfare recipients – dependent upon centralized government. Here’s the story…

Obama campaign abandons white working-class voters in favor of minorities and the educated | U.K. Daily Mail | November 28, 2011

President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign will be the first in modern political history to abandon white working-class voters, strategists claim…

Democratic strategists say President Obama is focusing his attention, instead, on poor black and Hispanic voters and educated white professionals.

'All pretense of trying to win a majority of the white working class has been effectively jettisoned in favor of cementing a center-left coalition made up, on the one hand, of voters who have gotten ahead on the basis of educational attainment... professors, artists, designers, editors, human resources managers, lawyers, librarians, social workers, teachers and therapists — and a second, substantial constituency of lower-income voters who are disproportionately African-American and Hispanic,” longtime political reporter Thomas B. Edsall wrote in an opinion piece in the New York Times. (November 27, 2011)

'The 2012 approach treats white voters without college degrees as an unattainable cohort …’

'The Republican Party has become the party of the white working class,' [Ruy] Teixeira (a strategist at the liberal Center for American Progress) told the New York Times recently. …

‘Instead, as two Democratic strategists lay out, the president's 2012 re-election campaign will likely rely on winning over new 'young people, Hispanics, unmarried women and affluent suburbanites.'

Read more:

IOW, the Democrats will keep U.S. borders open…for more Democrat-to-be voters. California is a microcosm of what's in store for white Americans.

AnAnonymous's picture

Quite a selective reading. Glad to read once again that college graduates only work in certain sectors.

Once again, US citizens are trapped within US citizenism. They cant speak about what they say so they dress it.

More than 200 years ago, through classwarfare, US citizens launched the fastest expansion wave known to human history. A wave that would consume the planet's resources in the lastest fifty years more than all human beings since dawn of humanity.

What is going on is a crisis of expansion, a lack of resources to sustain/increase the tidal wave of expansion.

The excellent consumption performance was made possible by the aggregated demand produced by US citizen middle class and their quest to achieve noble status.

As consumption rate is no longer possible, the most efficient way out is to tackle the largest aggregated demand.

In US citizen societies, the rich own much more than they can consume. They are a minor issue.

By definition, the poors are people who have the least access to consumption provided by society. They are de facto a minor issue.

Remains the middle class and more than anything the aspiring middle class.

So far, the analysis is colour blind.

Now, historical US citizens are indo-europeans, coming from the Indus valley. They think they got something special.
Led by the spear head labelled the Germans, they have monetized any kind of conflicts possible in order to optimize their consumption superficy.

Now, as a result of class warfare, anyone who want to take the most efficient path out to clear the situation has to face two realities brought by US citizens.

Rich people are for the resounding majority white people.

Poor people are for the resounding majority non white people.

That is the way it is. That is the legacy of US citizenism to the world.

zhandax's picture

My understanding is that most of the population of Europe originally came across the Caucasus Mountains which does not contradict your tenet.  Care to support this theory that they originated from the 'Indus Valley'?

AnAnonymous's picture

The point is that people who call themselves Europeans are not the Europeans.

In this regard, it does not matter if they do not come from the Indus valley.

What matters is they do not come from Europe. And are not Europeans.

Raymond K Hessel's picture

AnAnonymous' post is an example of the damage to someone's reasonableness when that person only has a little education.  Complete your education.  Thank you.

Optimusprime's picture

The rich people are, increasingly, Jews.  And they have seen to it that policies were adopted (never approved by white Americans) to racially displace white Americans.  Wake up.   Apparently you approve of this.

jeff montanye's picture

pay attention to what obama does, especially in the three years between campaigns.  do not, ever, pay attention to what he says, especially in the campaign year.  his greatest skill is his lying.  hands down.

AnAnonymous's picture

Jewish is a religion so to speak.

No antagonism between being an Indo European and a Jew.

Kobe Beef's picture

Oh Wow. welfare recipients & affirmative-actioned, unionized government employees. Professors, lawyers, Human Resource and social workers. All people who, well-intentioned or not: work-- or in the case of welfare recipients, don't-- in state-sponsored cartels; exist solely due to strictly unconstitutional constructions of Bureaucratic Law and Judicial Marxism, and; want to live off of your tax dollars and suffering forever.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you:

The Parasite Party. We Suck. You suck too, so vote for us. 2012.


Can anybody fit this on a bumper sticker?




barkingbill's picture

with the exception of ron paul the republicans are an assemblage of dangerous idiots which will bring america nothing but more despair. the democrats arent much better at this point with the exception of a few. we need new people, principled people and smart people to take this country and do a 180. ron paul is the best chance at the moment. 

SilverDOG's picture



You do not comprehend. 

The races, who play the races race, lose the race.

YOU are being played.

Divide and conquer, ensures victory, of which you know not.

indygo55's picture

Sorry but I must comment: A burial flag may be displayed on either a closed or open casket. On a closed casket, the flag should be displayed with the blue field (or union) at the head and lying over the deceased veteran's left shoulder.

The picture of the dead US soldier is disrespectful.


Raymond Reason's picture

So this is what you gleaned from this pictorial representation?  Wow.  Glad we're not married.   

jeff montanye's picture

don't worry.  he'll be turned around before he's put back in the coffin and buried.  

Backspin's picture

The guy in the casket it dead, and that stinks.  Placing the flag this way or that way doesn't make it okay somehow.

CPL's picture

If you believe that there really is a difference between democrats and republicans then you have lost already.  If someone offers a binary political choice in anything, it means both options are lemons.

LetThemEatRand's picture

"We will be better off breaking away in the next decade."

Already plotting your Whites Only state, economics1996?   I realize that the honest answer is almost certainly "no," but I must ask anyway....  Do you really believe your own bullshit or do you just openly hate everyone who isn't exactly like you and/or who doesn't directly benefit you?  According to you and your earlier posts on this site, you have prospered in this imperfect gray laden society to the point where you could break away and fend for yourself until the end of time while cage fighting blacks and Mexicans for fun.  So whatever may be wrong and no matter how many useless eaters are sucking off your gigantic white abused teet, it still worked for you.  Is that just bullshit, or is it just that nothing is enough for the likes of you?

RafterManFMJ's picture



Hey Pal, whitey been payin' da billz for two genaratin' an shit. Two trillion in transfers Pally. You be dealin' wit dat shit. Soon white no pay or can't be payin'.  Talk your dickless schtick then pal. Oh, and be riotin' all you want, diss time we no rebuild yo 'hood.


LetThemEatRand's picture

Are we running late for our Klan meeting and therefore a bit cranky?

zhandax's picture

"We will be better off breaking away in the next decade."

Do you really think that the bulk of the US will be better off following the NE and the left coast into this delusion that we can borrow ourselves into prosperity?  "The only logical conclusion is not to play".  Whether this happens or not is much in question, but to deny the issue is falling right into the oligarchy's trap.