What Our $1.2 Trillion Dollar War Addiction Could Buy Americans

Monday, September 12, 2011

If you’re one of the 20% of Americans still content with the U.S.’s decade-long war in Afghanistan and the largely forgotten eight year Iraq war, then please read this.

Our friends at ThinkProgress have crunched the numbers and revealed what the $1.2 trillion could’ve been used for here at home. Things like securing access to health care, a decent college education, and infrastructure, to name a few.

• Provide 63.3 Million Scholarships For University Students Every Year For Ten Years

• Give 58.9 Million Children Low-Income Health Care Every Year For Ten Years

• Give 23.6 Million People Access To Low-Income Healthcare Every Year For Ten Years

• Provide 20.68 Million Students With Pell Grants Worth $5,500 Every Year For Ten Years

• Provide 15.12 Million Head Start Slots For Children Every Year For Ten Years

• Provide Veterans Administration Care For 14.7 Million Military Veterans Every Year For Ten Years

• Hire 2.01 Million Firefighters Every Year For Ten Years

• Hire 1.76 Million Elementary School Teachers Every Year For Ten Years

• Hire 1.73 Million Police Officers Every Year For Ten Years

• Retrofit 69.4 Million Households For Wind Power Every Year For Ten Years

• Retrofit 26 Million Households For Solar Photovoltaic Energy Every Year For Ten Years

As ThinkProgress observes, these numbers reflect only the monetary costs of the wars because the cost of a human life is much more difficult to quantify.

Over 6,400 American soldiers have died in Iraq, Afghanistan, or supporting theaters and death tolls in Iraq and Afghanistan combined are in the hundreds of thousands.

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8 Responses to What Our $1.2 Trillion Dollar War Addiction Could Buy Americans

  1. One Fly says:

    Common sense in politics left some time ago and idiocy replaced it 12 years ago. You bring this up to the wingers and chances are pretty good they’ll call you a commie and much worse.

  2. DMason says:

    This is one of the most shocking things I’ve read in recent days. You know, one of the reasons I voted for Obama was his pledge to end these endless wars we’re engaged in. In Afghanistan, he’s tripled troop levels much to the celebration of people like John McCain and Lindsey Graham. I had hoped Obama had more sense but obviously, he’s no better than his predecessor.

  3. Rachel says:

    The bounty on Osama bin Laden’s head was $1.2 trillion. Fine, he’s dead and buried. So why do we still have 100,000 US troops in Afghanistan and 50,000 US troops in Iraq? Declare victory, Barry and bring our men and women home. Keeping them over there is insanity.

  4. Herminio Sanchez says:

    The U.S. is like a wounded elephant, lumbering to its final resting place.

  5. whats even sadder is how proud the fucking congress is of their misadventures in iraq and afghanistan – and that obama WONT leave because he doesnt want to be labeled the “loser”

    the system isnt broke – it is corrupt, evil and working very nicely for the rich, connected, corporations and lobbyists

    and the rest of us – peons

  6. Estacada says:

    Jeesh, how depressing is this?

    All that money, $1.2 trillion could have gone to education, research into treatment and cures for disease, shoring up Medicare and Social Security. But instead, we’re allegedly improving the lives of the people Afghanistan and Iraq, who hate us for occupying their countries for a decade and nearly a decade.

    America will never learn. The people who run this country are as dumb as a brick.

  7. Fran says:


  8. okjimm says:

    so sad……. and the Tea Party says we are broke…..

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