Economic Collapse Blog | Oct. 25, 2011
Over a trillion U.S. taxpayer dollars have been spent on wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. Whether you are for the wars or against the wars, it is important for all of us to step back and evaluate what we have really gotten for all of that money. In Libya, we have actually helped al-Qaeda forces that were shooting at U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan take over the country. Now they have announced that they will be imposing strict Sharia law on all of Libya. After 10 years of having our boys shot up in Afghanistan, the Afghan government is so "grateful" that they are publicly saying that they will side with Pakistan in any future war against the United States. In Iraq, Islamic radicals are beheading and murdering dozens and dozens of Christians and the new Iraqi government seemingly can't wait to push the remaining U.S. soldiers out of the country. We ran up well over a trillion dollars of new debt to "liberate" these countries, but are they really in better shape than they were before these wars? Are we really in better shape than we were before these wars?
Today, the United States military has at least one base in more than half of all the nations on the planet.
The U.S. spends more than 7 times as much on the military as any other country on earth does.
Without a doubt, the United States will always need a strong military. But with the national debt soaring to unprecedented heights, is it really wise for us to try to be the police of the entire globe?
We have poured well over a trillion dollars into Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya and we have very little to show for it.
Are Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya safer places than before we went to war with them?
Are Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya producing fewer "terrorists" than before we went to war with them?
Are we safer than before we started all these wars?
Our government has spent well over a trillion dollars and the blood of thousands upon thousands of U.S. soldiers has been spilled and in the final analysis very little has actually been accomplished.
Let's take a closer look at these conflicts and see exactly what we have gotten for all of the money that we have spent....
In Libya, we have actually helped al-Qaeda take power.
In Afghanistan and Iraq we were supposedly fighting to do just the opposite.
So just what in the world is going on here?
The price tag for the first week of airstrikes on Libya alone was 600 million dollars.
Yes, Gaddafi was a tyrant, but have we invested a lot of time and effort only to watch as an even worse government takes power?
According to The Telegraph, the leader of the Libyan rebels was openly admitting that his "troops" included jihadists that were firing bullets at U.S. forces in Iraq....
Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi, the Libyan rebel leader, has said jihadists who fought against allied troops in Iraq are on the front lines of the battle against Muammar Gaddafi's regime.
A recent article by Kurt Nimmo for Infowars.com discussed some of the other ways that al-Qaeda has been active in Libya during the fight against Gaddafi....
Despite Aujali’s assurance, Abdel Hakim Belhadj, the former head of LIFG, was appointed to run a military council in September. He fought with al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan.
In February, it was reported that al-Qaeda had set-up an Islamic emirate in Derna, in eastern Libya, headed by a former prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, Abdelkarim al-Hasadi.
Now that they have won, the "rebels" have announced that they will be imposing strict Sharia law all over Libya.
According to a new article posted on The Telegraph, Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, the chairman of NATO’s National Transitional Council, has even announced plans to repeal polygamy laws because they are not compliant with Sharia law....
Mr Abdul-Jalil went further, specifically lifting immediately, by decree, one law from Col. Gaddafi's era that he said was in conflict with Sharia - that banning polygamy.
Should we be cheering this?
Why would the U.S. government want to spend a single penny helping al-Qaeda take over Libya and set up Sharia law there?
There should not be a single American (conservative or liberal) that supports what has gone down in Libya.
The U.S. military has now been in Afghanistan for 10 years. World War II lasted less than 6 years. The U.S. government has spent over 467 billion dollars on the war in Afghanistan, and thousands upon thousands of our troops have been killed or wounded there.
Even after all this time, a single day of the war in Afghanistan costs more money than it took to build the entire Pentagon.
So are the Afghans grateful that we have sacrificed so much to bring "democracy" to that nation?
Of course not.
Just check out what Afghan President Hamid Karzai said during one recent interview....
"God forbid, If ever there is a war between Pakistan and America, Afghanistan will side with Pakistan"
Did you catch that?
Karzai says that in a future war between Pakistan and the United States, Afghanistan is going to be fighting against us.
But didn't we bring them freedom?
No, we did not.
Instead, one radical Islamic government replaced another.
Today, there are officially zero Christian churches left in Afghanistan.
The new constitution of Afghanistan says that that Islam is the "religion of the state".
The new constitution of Afghanistan also states that "no law can be contrary to the beliefs and provisions of the sacred religion of Islam".
Earlier this year, I wrote about one Afghan man that was actually sentenced to death for converting to Christianity....
In Afghanistan right now, a one-legged Afghan Red Cross worker named Said Musa is sitting in a prison cell awaiting his execution. Musa, a father of six children, was arrested by the Afghan government as he attempted to seek asylum at the German embassy last year. He was sentenced to death by an Afghan court that was established by the new Afghan government that the United States worked so hard to set up. He has been tortured and sexually abused for months. An Afghan judge has told him that he will be hung within a matter of days. So what was his crime? He was a Muslim that has become a Christian. Under Sharia law, that is punishable by death. Is this is the "freedom" that we have sacrificed so many American lives to bring to Afghanistan?
Thankfully he was later released from prison and was able to get out of the country.
However, this just shows that the people of Afghanistan are currently experiencing a level of freedom that is quite comparable to what they experienced under the Taliban.
After all that the United States has done over there, very little positive change has taken place.
Up to now, it is estimated that the U.S. government has spent over 800 billion dollars on the war in Iraq.
Thousands upon thousands of U.S. soldiers lost arms and legs in Iraq.
Thousands of U.S. soldiers will never be coming home at all.
But after all of our efforts, Iraq is still a far less safe place than it was before we invaded.
Christians and other religious minorities once were able to worship in peace, but now they are racing to get out of Iraq as fast as they can.
Well, because Christians and other religious minorities are being brutally targeted by Islamic radicals.
For example, about a year ago more than 80 Iraqi Christians were beheaded on a single day. All that the Christians were trying to do was attend a church service. One four-month-old baby was actually beheaded right in front of her parents. You can see pictures of the shocking violence from that day right here.
Iraq is a complete and total disaster zone at this point.
The Iraqi government says that it is willing for U.S. military trainers to stay in the country, but they also say that there will be no more immunity for U.S. soldiers.
We have left the country in far worse shape than we found it, and Iraq is now a bigger breeding ground for terrorists than it ever was before.
You see, the truth is that the populations of these countries will continue to hold a grudge once we leave. They are simply not going to forgive and forget. There are millions of Islamic radicals in these countries that will never, ever, ever forgive the United States. The hatred that they feel for us could be passed down for generations.
We have not brought freedom to the people of Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. Instead, we have just replaced the tyranny that they were suffering under with new forms of tyranny.
Meanwhile, we continue to spend ourselves into oblivion.
Yes, the U.S. will always need a strong military.
Yes, there are areas where we actually need to spend more on the military. For example, now that Barack Obama has completely gutted our strategic nuclear arsenal, that is one area that we desperately need to attend to.
However, we simply cannot continue to recklessly spend money like we are today. We are in debt up to our eyeballs, and trying to be "the police of the world" is very expensive....
*Before the start of the "War on Terror", the U.S. national debt was under 6 trillion dollars. Today, it is getting very close to 15 trillion dollars.
*Right now, the U.S. military is in nearly 130 different nations and it has a total of approximately 700 military bases around the world. It takes about 100 billion dollars a year to maintain these bases.
*U.S. military spending is greater than the military spending of China, Russia, Japan, India, and the rest of NATO combined.
*The United States accounts for 46.5% of all military spending on the planet. China is in second place with only 6.6%.
Meanwhile, our national security just continues to deteriorate. Millions of people have illegally poured across our border with Mexico and the federal government is actually suing border states such as Arizona to keep them from trying to stop this.
Our national security priorities are way, way out of whack. We continue to waste money in some of the most bizarre ways imaginable and yet we continue to become less secure with each passing year.
Yes, the United States needs a very, very strong military.
Yes, national security needs to be a very, very high priority.
But what we have been doing over the past decade has not worked. In fact, the Bush/Obama foreign policy has been an abject failure. We have poured hundreds of billions of dollars down the drain and we are less secure today than at any point since World War II.
It is time to admit that Barack Obama and George W. Bush have been fundamentally wrong about these wars. Because of their foolishness, we are less safe today and our allies are less safe today.
Afghanistan is not our friend now. Neither is Iraq. Libya looks like it is going to become an al-Qaeda paradise thanks to us.
There is very little "freedom" in those 3 nations today. Instead, "Islamic law" is being shoved down the throats of the people living in those countries.
So, in the final analysis, what have we really accomplished?