Back in 2007, Wesley Clark, the retired 4-star US Army general, said in an interview that in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, the Pentagon was planning to launch seven military campaigns across the Middle East in less than five years, targeting Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Iran .
Even though the US didn’t manage to bring this plan into fruition within this timeframe, all of the above listed countries, except for Iran, have been subjected to US military aggression. This brings us to today, when the United States is engaged in waging war across seven states, as evidenced by the recently declassified report, titled Report on the Legal and Policy Frameworks Guiding the United States’ Use of Military Force and Related National Security Operations. However, nowhere in this paper those conflicts are denoted as wars, as we see the mention of Washington using military force to bolster its national security. However, regardless of the wording those in power choose to use, there’s little doubt that such military operations are extremely expensive, yet the Pentagon has an ace up its sleeve as it’s planning to still win on the draw!
According to the estimate provided by the project known as Costs of War, hosted by the Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, those instances of “applications of military force aimed at bolstering American national security” came at a staggering price of 6 trillion dollars spent since 2001. It means Americans spend 32 million dollars per hour, according to a counter by the National Priorities Project at the Institute for Policy Studies.
In other words, it’s been estimated that every American taxpayer has spent almost 24,000 dollars on overseas wars, which equals to an average down payment on a house, a new Honda Accord, or a year at a public university.
However, it’s true that wars carry on spreading like a wildfire, as they are no longer limited to Afghanistan, Iraq, or Syria. Indeed, the US military is escalating a shadowy network of anti-terror operations all across the world — in at least 76 nations, or 40% of countries on the planet.
To finance this expansion the Pentagon demanded 716 billion dollars for the fiscal year of 2019,
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