US Wars of Aggression: cost in money and lives


“The only thing new in the world is the history you don't know.” – Harry Truman, as quoted in Plain Speaking : An Oral Biography of Harry S Truman (1974) by Merle Miller, p. 26.

Senator Lieberman, Secretary of State Clinton, and former UN Ambassador John Bolton have resumed rhetoric of a United States attack upon Iran. As my other articles have demonstrated, that rhetoric is false and intentional propaganda attempting to justify another US War of Aggression. We should understand that the united states has admitted to legally defined torture. America IS the US Constitution and the morals found within the Declaration of Independence that all people are created equal with unalienable rights given each of us by God. Those who defend torture stand against the US Constitution and against the Declaration of Independence. Those who reject the evidence so many of us have documented of US Wars of Aggression are against the US Constitution. These people are acting, whether in ignorance or in deliberate evil, for fascism. You cannot be for the US government, as defined by our constitution, and be for torture and Wars of Aggression. The following is from my brief, “War with Iraq and Afghanistan, rhetoric for war with Iran.”

Please use this information in any way helpful to build a brighter future.

Cost in money and lives: Current war expenditures are now ~$15 billion/month.[1] According to Nobel Prize winning economist, Joseph Stiglitz and Harvard professor, Linda Bilmes, the long-term costs of the Iraq war as of Spring, 2008, are conservatively figured at over $3 trillion, ~$30,000 each for the ~100 million American households.[2] Adjusted for inflation, this is now the second most costly war in US history.[3] And remember, in the prelude to war when the American public began wondering how much this war would cost if the US acted without the UN sharing the bill, President Bush’s lead economic advisor, Lawrence Lindsey, reported to the Wall Street Journal that costs could exceed $200 billion to the American taxpayers. The Bush administration quickly refuted his professional estimate, promising that the war would cost no more than $60 billion, but providing no evidence for this claim.[4] Mr. Lindsey resigned shortly thereafter.

The war has fraudulently allowed at least tens of billions of US taxpayer money to disappear without effective oversight or prosecution.[5] While this information is generally suppressed by mainstream media, the good news is that it’s still legal to communicate. In contrast, Americans who spoke against World War I in any way were prosecuted. This included US Senator Richard Pettigrew, who wrote extensively of the war profiteering of US companies at the expense of the US taxpayers.[6]

According to the John Hopkins School of Public Health published in the esteemed Lancet Medical Journal using the best academic and professional methodology, as of October, 2006, over 650,000 more Iraqis have been killed since the US invasion than would be expected in pre-war conditions.[7] Despite this being the only peer-reviewed study, the US government dismisses this study without giving reason, saying that less than 100,000 Iraqis have died.[8] In December 2007, the number of violent Iraqi deaths is probably over 1.2 million (about 20,000 per month).[9] From these deaths, the Iraqi government reports that five million children have become orphans; horrific even if overestimated by a factor of two.[10]

A 2008 UN report documents over 800,000 displaced children, most of whom are so impoverished that they don’t have access to clean water.[11] There are now about 2.8 million displaced Iraqis within the country, having fled from their homes to escape sectarian violence.[12] In addition, the war has caused over 2 million Iraqis to flee their country, 7.7% of their population,[13] with many of the most desperate families using their young girls and women for prostitution.[14] The unemployment rate in Iraq is 60-70%.[15] Getting clean water is a daily struggle, and sanitation is a nightmare with 250 million gallons of raw sewage spilled into the water system daily.[16]

Iraq has a population of 26 million. Those percentages translated to the US population of 300 million would be as if another country came to “liberate” us, built 48 permanent military bases over four years, causing the violent deaths of over 12,000,000 Americans, forcing 23 million Americans to leave the US, and creating over 30 million Americans to become homeless.

A comparison to California’s 34 million population: Indonesia liberated us, but the ensuing violence is killing 30,000 Californians each month, a total of about 1.6 million. To translate to my city of La Cañada Flintridge's (LCF) 20,000 population: the city of Riverside “rescued” us from my friend, Mayor Steve DelGuercio. Riverside’s government promised to stay until they restore order, but the violence claims 15 La Cañada lives a month, with over 50 wounded (conservatively assuming ~5 wounded for every kill in Iraq; half the US troop ratio of over 10:1). Since 2003, close to 1,000 LCF residents have died in car bombs, drive-by-shootings, and general violence, with 5,000 wounded. Four thousand of us have fled our homes, about half leaving LCF, and about 2,000 homeless within LCF.

Finally, on a scale at La Canada High School (LCHS) that I use in teaching my 12th grade US Government students: after being taken over by the LAPD, intra-school wars kill 1-2 students a month, wounding ~15. The class of 2009 will have seen just under 100 of their LCHS classmates killed since their 8th grade year, with one quarter of you having been wounded. The new principal elected under the supervision of the invading power assures us that their “surge” of troops and Blackwater’s private military company is working, LCHS is now safer, and they’ll stay until they defeat our “terrorists.” One in every 20 LCHS students has been killed since “liberation.” Thirty-five percent of LCHS students have had a parent killed, over 600 of you. Any of us can be labeled a “terrorist suspect,” detained indefinitely without habeas corpus or communication to friends and family, and be tortured[17] (controlled drowning, naked in 45° F. cells for days, sleep and food deprivation for days, shackled in painful positions for days, threats to sexually assault and torture your family members, and if Abu Ghraib tactics are included: sodomizing with broom handles and lights, forced homosexual acts, rape, pouring on phosphoric acid, smearing faces and bodies in feces, etc.). The mayor of Los Angeles tells the public (with decreasing credibility) that LAPD needs to stay for the safety of the students because LCHS would become more violent if they left, and that expanding their “War on Terror” to CVHS is “on the table” because their “terrorists” are also attacking LAPD.

Over 4,100 American troops have been killed in the War on Terror, with over 30,000 wounded, as of mid-July, 2008 according to official government statistics.[18] CBS News commissioned an extensive study to measure how many US military veterans are committing suicide. Their report: over 6,000 a year.[19] Among active duty soldiers, over 580 have committed suicide since the war began.[20] The Veterans Affairs Department received over 22,000 calls from desperate veterans in its first year of opening a suicide hotline.[21] Over 10,000 active American troops are diagnosed with the most severe classification of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder,[22] with one in eight returning troops reporting symptoms.[23] There are increasing reports that returning veterans are not receiving proper care for PTSD and other ailments, as the suicide numbers of CBS suggest.[24]

The endgame for US occupation of Iraq was legislated by the Iraqi Parliament on November 27, 2008. Under the Status of Forces Agreement, all 150,000 US troops will withdraw from all cities, towns, and villages by June 30, 2009 and remain upon their bases unless authorized to leave by Iraq’s government. All US troops shall withdraw from Iraq by December 31, 2011. Blackwater and other US security firms shall be subject to Iraq law rather than legal immunity after the end of 2008.[25]

“What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy?” - Mohandas Gandhi, “Non-violence in Peace and War”

“This business of making people conscious of what is happening outside their own small circle is one of the major problems of our time, and a new literary technique will have to be evolved to meet it. Considering that the people of this country are not having a very comfortable time, you can't perhaps, blame them for being somewhat callous about suffering elsewhere, but the remarkable thing is the extent to which they manage to be unaware of it. Tales of starvation, ruined cities, concentration camps, mass deportations, homeless refugees, persecuted Jews — all this is received with a sort of incurious surprise, as though such things had never been heard of but at the same time were not particularly interesting. The now-familiar photographs of skeleton-like children make very little impression. As time goes on and the horrors pile up, the mind seems to secrete a sort of self-protecting ignorance which needs a harder and harder shock to pierce it, just as the body will become immunised to a drug and require bigger and bigger doses.”
- George Orwell, "As I Please," The Tribune (1947-01-17)


[1] Pincus, W. War Costs $15 Billion a Month, GOP Senator Says. Dec. 27, 2007: .
[2] For more background, Stiglitz homepage: .
[3] SF Chronicle. Coile, Z. Only World War II was Costlier than Iraq War. March 18, 2008. .
[4] Raw Story. Byrne, J. Price of Iraq War Now Outpaces Vietnam. March 18, 2008: , Wikipedia: , and Iraq Foundation. Bumiller, E. White House Cuts Estimate of Cost of War with Iraq. Jan. 2, 2003: .
[5] Project Censored. Top 25 censored stories for 2009: #13: tracking billions of dollars lost in Iraq. , AP. Iraq corruption whistleblowers vilified. Aug. 25, 2007: , and Glanz, J. Premier of Iraq is quietly firing fraud monitors. Nov. 17, 2008: .
[6] Follow the link to read pages 373-387 of Pettigrew’s Triumphant Plutocracy: .
[7] Infowars. Watson, S. Government Dismissed Iraq Death Toll Report In Full Knowledge It Was Likely Accurate. March 27, 2007: .
[8] See Bush press conference. YouTube. Bush Admits: “A lot of innocent people have died in Iraq.” : .
[9] Antiwar homepage: .
[10] Gorilla’s Guides. Ibn Hussein, K. 5 Million Orphans. Dec. 15, 2007: .
[11] Silent Victims of the Iraq War. June 20, 2008: .
[12] Displaced Iraqis Struggle for Food, Services: IOM. July 18, 2008: .
[13] Der Spiegel. Putz, U. Fleeing from Baghdad to Damascus: Refugees on the Highway from Hell. March 27, 2007:,1518,474205,00.html .
[14] Zoepf, K. Desperate Iraqi Refugees Turn to Sex Trade. May 29, 2007: .
[15] Ali, A., Jamail, D. Iraq: Unemployment too becomes an epidemic. Feb. 21, 2008: .
[16] Reuters. Ryan, M., Rahim, S. After 5 years of war, Iraqis desperate for water. Aug. 24, 2008: .
[17] What Really Happened. Torture of Iraqi POWs. May 10, 2004: , ABC News. Ross, B & Esposito, R. CIA’s Harsh Interrogation Techniques Described. Nov. 18, 2005: , Hersh, S. Torture at Abu Ghraib. New Yorker, May 10, 2004: .
[18] homepage: .
[19] CBS News. Nov. 13, 2007: Suicide Epidemic Among Veterans:
[20] Suicides Clime Among US Soldiers. June 12, 2008: .
[21] Yahoo News. Euphrat, K. Suicide hot line got 22,000 calls from veterans. July 28, 2008: .
[22] Wood, D. Suicides in Army Increase by 13%. June 27, 2008. .
[23] MSNBC. AP Report: June 30, 2004. 1 in 8 Returning Soldiers Suffers from PTSD: .
[24] Among many: KPFA 94.1. The War Comes Home. The Crisis in Veterans’ Health Care. Broadcast April 22, 2008: , ZDNet. Blankenhorn, D. Is Congress Looking at the Right VA Scandal? April 24, 2008: , and Hull, A & Priest D. It is Just not Walter Reed. March 5, 2007: .
[25] Cockburn, P. It’s official: total defeat for U.S. in Iraq. Dec. 15, 2008.

9/11 TRUTH for World Peace

I ask all Truthers to consider the above noted "mission addition" to the 9/11TM.

Its time for a great leap forward into...

...9/11 TRUTH for World PEACE...

With the US budget spending over 50% for the War Department, surely there is a long future for those who are dedicated and well paid to militarize the planet in general, and to creating the need for wars in particular. These folks are pros at these endeavors!

And World PEACE surely runs right through the Pentagon...a place of special interest to the 9/11 Truth Community as we know.

The Moribund Peace Movements of the Past:

It could not possibly be more clear now that the 40 plus year old peace movements are a collossal failure.

[...not the vast majority the PEOPLE within them...but the organizations and their "alleged goals"].

The peace and anti-war movements have subtly and slowly been compromized and infiltrated by the opposition in the 40 years since the 1960s. A recent set of examples in the State of Washington:

There is a "peace"? coffee house inhabitied mostly by military types, [allegedly anti-war], that exists across the street from Fort Lewis near Olympia. Those who pretend to be anti-war work on their main mission there which is to end the stop-loss program where the military keeps re-upping soldiers who failed to read the fine print when they signed on. Not much being done to stop the two wars here...go figure!

Anyway, this fine print allows the military to keep sending the same troops back to war fronts time and time again and the complaint by the alleged "anti-war-iors" is that it is unfair to the troops who signed up, and therefore, the military career "option" is NOT a good place for young people to consider adopting.

So, the alleged "anti-war" energies are dedicated to making a military career a BETTER OPTION for young people to consider as they begin to shave for the first time when being recruited in high school. If they do sign on, these naive youngsters will "know" that somebody is working hard to make sure that they get only one tour of duty. How nice of the "peace community" aye?

These alleged "peace makers" are doing the military's work at getting past the bad press and difficult recruitment issues brought out about by the stop-loss program.

If this collective group's efforts are successful, then the military will be a BETTER PLACE TO BE!

What happened to opposing WAR?

And of course, I was made to feel unwelcomed even though my banner is plastered with PEACE symbolgyies and wording...

These people of peace just do not "get it"...and there are more military types in this coffee shop than anybody else...and they STILL don't get it. The peace groups are carrying the water FOR the US Military.

Another disconnect...I attended a big music event in Tacoma a few weekends back with my 9/11 TRUTH for World Peace banner and 1/4 page handouts, and one of the booths there was that of Veterans Against The War. I dropped by to talk about the stop-loss issue, and their eyes glazed least they gave me an Obama-Biden button. And they did happily so as though Obama-Biden are doing something other than ramping up the militarization of the planet.

Not a clue...not one single clue that they, as a peace group, are under-informed and now are working FOR the Penatgon. Yikes!

These are but two local examples of how upside down and compromised the existing peace groups are nowadays...and honestly, they are BEYOND under-informed as we all know when we try to have conversations with most peace activists about what 9/11 means to war and peace.

These groups suffer from very high levels of self-delusion and collective cognitive dissonance .

GEESH!!!...its just an amazing and breathtaking vacuum when dealing with the 60s-70s relics who are still "one trick ponies" believing that the occasional big march is the cure-all for making changes.

So, since the 9/11TM is getting much support from the international scene [most likely because the countries that support us do NOT want to be run down by our military-intel-imperialistic apparatus], and they too are against warring ways, it appears to be a good idea to merge all three elements...

US 9/11 Truth Movement...
International 9/11 Truth Movements...
International Peace Groups...

...into an international 9/11 TRUTH for World PEACE Movement.

In this way, the US based peace movements can save face by joining in on a bigger effort...can learn some new stuff...can get on board and into THIS century...and we Truthers can do one of the things that we do best...

...expose, question and eventually rout out disinfo-cointelpro-infiltration types from the movements...

I have been in the streets for several months now with my big banner upon which I changed the wording to:

9/11 TRUTH for World PEACE...and it is working quite well indeed.

If the 9/11 TM ever gets just half of existing good hearted and well intentioned "people of peace" into our modern movement of exposing lies wherever they are found starting with 9/11 Truth, then there will be a rebirth of the peace movements. But his time around, they will be armed with "information", organization and modern tactics.

And the 9/11TM will enjoy a major uptick in human resources to expose the militarizing of the planet for profit, and the WORLD based "financial" ruling class.

Peter Dale Scott has just informed us about the self-fulfilling "war commerce" that has grown exponentially from after 9/11...

[Or, in my view, actually this expanded war commerce started well BEFORE 9/11. My money is on that Cheney actually HAD anti-terrorism group meetings along side the secret energy meetings early in the Cheney-Bush Regime...but they were used to help the 9/11 attacks along instead of vice-versa.

Its good to remember that GWB stated before being elected that if he were elected, he would attack Iraq. NUFF military profiteers as they know full what to do with THAT opening...]

I suggest that we consider adding onto our mission of ubiased investigations and justice regarding the attacks on 9/11/2001, the concept of: "9/11 TRUTH for World PEACE".

This may be a very good idea whose time has come. Please give it some thought.

Love, Peace and Progress with:


...throw the criminals out...

Robin Hordon
Kingston, WA

Any in particular?

Thanks for your thoughts, and for describing those recent encounters with 'peace' activists.

I think the part of your suggestion that intrigues me most is:

'International Peace Groups...'

Goodness knows how impossible domestic 'peace' groups have been for addressing the issues of both 9/11 truth AND peace. But do you know of examples of international groups that are less deluded and more promising in terms of building a movement addressing all of these issues? I've had to learn that sometimes, transnational NGOs with the finest sounding mission statements are essentially fronts for the same old interests that are already running the show. What we would hope to find are international groups that are rooted in the actual struggles of ordinary people (for example, those trying to survive in the face of invasion and occupation).