The piece by Mike Baker on costs of US wars lingering for over a century came to my notice in the presentation of Javier Martin’s book «La Casa de Saud» (Saud’s House) in Blanquerna, Madrid, on March 21, 2013. Efe’s international editor Alfonso Bauluz, a veteran in Spanish international journalism, mentioned the article as a very interesting overview, well documented, of a very old problem which no big power, specially the US, has been able to solve in a swift, just and effective way for past, present and future generations.
Published: Mar 19, 2013OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – If history is any judge, the U.S. government will be paying for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars for the next century as service members and their families grapple with the sacrifices of combat.An Associated Press analysis of federal payment records found that the government is still making monthly payments to relatives of Civil War veterans – 148 years after the conflict ended…
Reading just the first two paragraphs of Baker’s story brought to my mind excellent reports published by different think tanks one or two years ago on the cost of ten years of war just in Afghanistan and Iraq, and some older, much older, research published on the material and psychological consequences of the US Civil War one century and a half after Lincoln closed that terrible chapter of US history.
At the 10 year anniversary of the start of the Iraq war, more than $40 billion a year are going to compensate veterans and survivors from the Spanish-American War from 1898, World War I and II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the two Iraq campaigns and the Afghanistan conflict. And those costs are rising rapidly.
when we decide to go to war, we have to consciously be also thinking about the cost,» said Murray, D-Wash., adding that her WWII-veteran father’s disability benefits helped feed their family… read more