The Cost of US Wars vs. Their Profits
We are reminded time and time again how we cannot burden future generations with debts for massive social and infrastructure improvement plans. Yet a huge portion of our national debt comes from the cost of war in the form of compensating our troops for psychological and physical injuries since 9/11 ‘War on Terror’ and increasing US Pentagon military expenditures. The fact that we have done more to enable than to defeat terrorism worldwide has been the subject of other shows. Tonight, we examine the portion of the cost of war to the US economy and to our servicemen and women since George Bush declared the Global War of Terrorism (GWOT).
Additionally we examine the privatization and concurrent profiteering that the war industry has employed that makes war profitable for an elite few regardless if the war is won or lost therefore creating the incentive as was done in Afghanistan to continue endless wars that destroy lives of millions but because of their profitability go on despite their known ‘unwinnable’ profile.
Our guest Jeremy Kuzmarov, historian, professor and Managing Editor of Covert Action Magazine and the author of four books on U.S. foreign policy we discuss the implications of his article “Distancing Acts”: Private Mercenaries and the War on Terror in American Foreign Policy”, published in The Asia-Pacific Journal, that speaks to how the outsourcing of war and the corruption within its subcontracting has made windfall profits for those that benefit from the horrors of war. He also leads us through a discussion of systemic methods that new forms of colonialism has taken in its quest to sustain the great wealth divide at the direct cost of majority populations throughout the world including our country.
Pgatos email@example.com 11/1/2021