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Cost of War

Cost of War

Jeff Danziger | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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Sam Stein

Obama Administration Not Putting Formal Price Tag On Afghan Policy Yet

HuffingtonPost.com | 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'

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 | Books
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.

War Costs Have Longer Effect Than Previously Thought

AP | MIKE BAKER | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics

OLYMPIA, Wash. — If history is any judge, the U.S. government will be paying for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars for the next century as service m...

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 | Books
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 | World
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 | World
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

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 08.29.2011 | World

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 | World

(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 A...

Jason Linkins

Iraq-Afghanistan War Debt Includes Steep Price Tag For Air Conditioning

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.27.2011 | Politics

Forget the debt ceiling. Perhaps we should relocate our debt to Iraq or Afghanistan, where a lot of it is going anyway and where we are at least spending a king's ransom on air conditioning.

Afghanistan: A Case Study in How Much Easier It Is to Start a War Than to Finish One

Arianna Huffington | Posted 08.20.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

We know that it's easier to start a war than to finish one -- and we are seeing a case study of this in Afghanistan despite the fact that there's a clear, widespread, and growing consensus on the value of us getting out.

The Mayors Have Had Enough of These Useless, Costly Wars

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 08.18.2011 | Politics
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

On Monday, the United States Conference of Mayors is expected to pass a resolution calling for a speedy end of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars so we can use those funds here at home. The mayors are exactly right.

Sam Stein

Carney Defends Libya's $1 Billion Potential Price Tag

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 08.16.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The debate over the constitutionality of U.S. involvement in Libya's civil war has obscured what could be a far harder sale for the pres...