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Cost of War

What's 'Free'? Democrats Espousing a Republican Worldview

Kathleen Frydl | Posted 03.01.2017 | Politics
Kathleen Frydl

In spite of the impressive achievements tuition-free public higher education and other programs like it, Secretary Clinton and the Democrats affiliated with her campaign continue to subvert the political conversation by characterizing tax revenues spent on ordinary Americans as "free," denigrating these programs as some sort of hand-out.

The State of the Nation: A Dictatorship Without Tears

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.12.2017 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

While only 1 in 5 Americans claim to trust the government to do what is right, the majority of the people are not quite ready to ditch the American experiment in liberty. Or at least they're not quite ready to ditch the government with which they have been saddled.

When Leaders Declare War

William S. Becker | Posted 04.06.2015 | Politics
William S. Becker

I do not believe in war, but neither do I believe we are done with it. What I know for certain is that no future conflict should be started by leaders who do not have the courage to be honest about why it is necessary and to engage the entire nation in the effort.

Who Will Profit From the Wars in Iraq and Syria?

William Hartung | Posted 12.01.2014 | Politics
William Hartung

If there's one thing we should have learned over the past 13 years of war, it's that war is good business for those in the business of war. Unfortunately, while profits for the Pentagon's contractors increase, so does the cost to taxpayers in billions in waste, fraud, and abuse. As America embarks on yet another war in the Middle East, Congress needs to act now to stop this unjustified bonanza for the Pentagon's contractors. The most recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan offer an ominous example about what can happen when the rush to war is met with sharp spending increases coupled with little to no oversight or fiscal restraint.

Shadee Ashtari

Here's How Much The War Against ISIS Could Cost American Taxpayers | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics

As the military campaign against the Islamic State expands into Syria, its cost will increase as well. According to one defense spending expert, the U...

Cost of War

Jeff Danziger | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Sam Stein

Obama Administration Not Putting Formal Price Tag On Afghan Policy Yet | Sam Stein | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration's proposal to keep 9,800 U.S. troops in Afghanistan next year was the product of lengthy deliberations. Th...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Senate Democrat: Preventing Veteran Suicide Is 'The Cost Of War' | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. John Walsh (D-Mont.) posed a question to his colleagues on Capitol Hill this Sunday: If lawmakers are willing to spend billions of ...

Vermont's @SenSanders Is Right: Use War Money to Take Care of Veterans

Robert Naiman | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Sometimes Senator Bernie Sanders does something that reminds us that it does actually matter that he's an Independent in the best sense of the word: thinking for himself, not accepting the D.C. "conventional wisdom" that often defines the limits of reform. Now, Bernie's done it again.

Amid Battle Cries: One Question

David Freudberg | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
David Freudberg

When all is said and done, when the chain reaction of events from an American strike on Syria has played out, how many more innocent men, women and children will have been killed or injured physically and psychologically? Alternatively, it is fair to ask how many will have been spared?

Not the Critic Who Counts

Terri Barnes | Posted 07.05.2013 | Home
Terri Barnes

Military members and families are not cultural aberrants looking for a cold niche in which to hide. We are not cold timid souls whose lack of emotion leads us to a military life scrubbed of feeling. The experiences of our lives, much like yours, are inextricably tied to our emotions.

Of Hubris and Humility

Christopher Holshek | Posted 06.05.2013 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

Humility is an act of strength, not a sign of weakness, because it reflects confidence in the future more than a fear enslaved by the past. Isn't that, after all, what America should be most about? And if humility was good enough for Jesus, as the Pope is helping us to remember, then shouldn't it also be good enough for us?

The True Cost of War

Rep. Bruce Braley | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics
Rep. Bruce Braley

We owe it to the countless veterans, families, and Americans who have been touched by our wars to be honest with each other about the true costs of war before we send our best and brightest off to war again.

More Boots on the Ground for Peace

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

Whether as an active duty soldier in a distant land or as an educated citizen here at home, each of us has a vital role to play in ensuring our collective security.

The Cost Of War For Military Familes

Phyllis Gerben | Posted 06.11.2012 | Home
Phyllis Gerben

I teach at a middle school on a military installation. This is my second time teaching at this school; my first was just over 10 years ago, before all the deployments.

Summing Up

Nick Mills | Posted 03.03.2012 | Home
Nick Mills

Every year's glories, catastrophes, triumphs and defeats are added to the long march of history; no year stands alone. One of the common ways to sum up a year is numerically.

Iraq Syndrome

Robert Koehler | Posted 12.27.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The failure of the Iraq war is the failure of all wars, past and future: national policy grounded in the dehumanization of a people. Iraq Syndrome may be our best hope in thwarting the power of the war consensus.

Iraq -- a Trillion Dollars Worth of Nothing

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 12.22.2011 | Home
Sarwar Kashmeri

All American troops will come home from Iraq in time for Christmas this year with their heads held high, President Obama told the nation as he announced the end of American presence in Iraq. The troops are the only ones who have earned the right to hold their heads high on this momentous occasion.

A Decade in Afghanistan: Thousands Dead, Billions of Dollars Wasted

Rep. Pete Stark | Posted 12.07.2011 | Politics
Rep. Pete Stark

We don't want to commemorate an 11th anniversary in Afghanistan. For both moral and fiscal reasons, the U.S. must change course and set a clear exit strategy to ensure we bring our troops home.

The Priceless Price of the Post-9/11 Decade

Anthony Gregory | Posted 11.09.2011 | Politics
Anthony Gregory

As we approach the ten-year anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, we are seeing lots of estimates on the costs of America's wars waged in the last decade. Yet most of them miss the big picture.

September 11, 2001: The Day the World Shifted

Don Kraus | Posted 11.09.2011 | Politics
Don Kraus

Ten years later, we know the policies of war have failed. Yet we still allow the fear generated by the horrors of 9/11 and the terrorist acts that followed to silence our better selves.

Jobs Plan? End the Wars, Save 400,000 Jobs

Robert Naiman | Posted 11.07.2011 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Failing to end the wars, and failing to cut the base military budget, and cutting domestic spending instead, will, so long as we have an unemployment problem, make our unemployment problem significantly worse.

Debt Crisis, Violence And The Wars

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 09.06.2011 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Within the cacophony emanating from Washington around the debt ceiling, the wars are conspicuously absent. How can this be?

Elise Foley

WATCH: Cost Of Wars In Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan To Reach $3.7 Trillion | Elise Foley | Posted 08.29.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON -- The United States will have spent a total of $3.7 trillion on wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, costing 225,000 lives and creating...

U.S. War Costs Reach At Least $3.7 Trillion And Counting

Posted 08.29.2011 | Home

(Reuters) - When President Barack Obama cited cost as a reason to bring troops home from Afghanistan, he referred to a $1 trillion price tag for Ameri...