The Long War: American Wealth & Well-Being Squandered in Afghanistan

On Monday, Ohio Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich made the following statement on the floor of the House concerning an expected vote on a $33 billion supplemental war funding bill:
In a little more than a year the United States flew $12 billion in cash to Iraq, much of it in $100 bills, shrink wrapped and loaded onto pallets. Vanity Fair reported in 2004 that ‘at least $9 billion' of the cash had ‘gone missing, unaccounted for.' $9 billion.

Today, we learned that suitcases of $3 billion in cash have openly moved through the Kabul airport. One U.S. official quoted by the Wall Street Journal said, ‘A lot of this looks like our tax dollars being stolen.' $3 billion. Consider this as the American people sweat out an extension of unemployment benefits.

Last week, the BBC reported that "the US military has been giving tens of millions of dollars to Afghan security firms who are funneling the money to warlords." Add to that a corrupt Afghan government underwritten by the lives of our troops.

And now reports indicate that Congress is preparing to attach $10 billion in state education funding to a $33 billion spending bill to keep the war going.

Back home millions of Americans are out of work, losing their homes, losing their savings, their pensions, and their retirement security. We are losing our nation to lies about the necessity of war.

Bring our troops home. End the war. Secure our economy.
See the video here.

Understatement of the week: Corruption Suspected in Airlift of Billions in Cash From Kabul by Matthew Rosenberg (Wall Street Journal 2010-06-25).


mommapolitico said...

When I think of all the teachers that are being laid off nationwide, when I think of all the cuts to education that are eliminating services for our kids, I cannot believe we are spending what we do on wars that are futile, at best.

Great post, great blog. Got you on my bloglist. Go, P2Blog family!

John Gabree said...

At least the fired teachers can get unemployment benefits...oh, oops. But, hey, the House is going to preemptively bailout the nuclear power industry to the tune of $9 billion (and, what do you know, two out of three reactors are located in the districts of the majority leader and Democratic whip), so at least that's one less thing to worry about.

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