Post-9/11 War Debt Will Cost US $8 Trillion in Interest Alone: Report

(ANTIWAR.COM) — The cost of America’s global war on terror has yet to be reckoned with, and there’s a very good reason for that. By and large, the US has not been paying for all of these wars, but rather has been borrowing to pay for the conflict.

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In the long run that’s going to be expensive. Paying off the war is going to mean not only paying the prices of the conflict but the massive interest accrued in borrowing the cost of those wars.

A new report suggests that just the interest on all that debt will, over the course of decades of servicing it, cost an estimated $8 trillion. So far, they say, the US has paid $534 billion in overseas contingency operations interest.

And that’s just the debt already accrued. America’s assorted wars show no sign of ending, and indeed the Pentagon has been pretty clear about the US deployment in Iraq being a permanent thing.

When the government talks about the “cost” of the terror war, they generally limit their reckoning to specific costs of overseas operations. Yet decades of veteran costs will doubtless dwarf that, and the interest on top of it will swell final costs to even higher levels.

The question of whether America can afford all of this, of course, was never addressed in the first place. Indeed, with so little of the cost being paid at all, the expectation seems to be that they’ll just keep borrowing.

By Jason Ditz / Republished with permission / ANTIWAR.COM / Report a typo

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  • Keith Parsons

    So who did the US actually borrow money from to fund those wars? Was it China, Russia, India, Saudi Arabia, the UK, or Germany? Maybe it was the ‘Iron Bank’?

    Whatever happened to the suggestion of financial reparations from Saudi Arabia for their part in 9/11? Oh, now their oil is drying up and they are going broke, so rumour has it.

    Oh I know, the you know who’s must have ‘lent’ that money, the chosenites have all the money that they have been stealing from us all for years already through usury, fractional reserve banking, and all the other scams that the yahoos have running, and everyone must be enslaved in future generations to pay it all back, the price of ‘freedum’.

    In reality, quantitative easing in the US was the likely source for the funding for the wars, creating massive poverty, and the yahoos and their corrupt politicians in the US merely do some fake accounting to claim ‘back’ what they never gave in the first place.

    After all, the real resources used in the wars are manpower, and physical commodities that are produced in the USA itself, the US has not really had to buy anything substantial from any other nation to provide the resources for these wars.

    What is there actually to ‘borrow’ for? If sufficient manpower and commodities to produce weapons do not exist in the first place, then no amount of money from anywhere can actually ‘buy’ them, or pay the wages for the soldiers. But the US itself already had everything in terms of raw resources.

    What did the US actually get from any other nation? Men? Tanks? Airplanes? Bombs? Rockets? Nope, they had it all from domestic sources, so what was to borrow? In WWII the amount of war materiel given to Russia when viewed on paper, is simply staggering, a testimony to the massive manpower and resources and raw material resources of the USA itself, then we can look at the Liberty Ships, being knocked out by factories every day in the US. In fact. by 1943, three of these ships were entering service every single day. The US does not have any need to borrow.

    The massive graveyards for trucks and other ‘damaged’ US military equipment in Iraq are another testimony to the massive, and deliberately intended waste, such as was written of in the ‘1984’ novel by George Orwell, when he stated that the continual destruction of even domestic resources in war, not merely those of the ‘enemy’, was the actual object of perpetual war, to keep the working people constantly enslaved, so that they never had any time to culture themselves intellectually or in any other way, under a cruel totalitarian system of deliberately intended, enforced, completely pointless drudgery. And of course, there never was any real enemy in the first place, the enemy had to be created.

    In Iraq, massive dumps of trucks and other military equipment in inconceivably huge ‘graveyards’ and so have been documented as burning continuously, creating immense plumes of heavily toxic smoke, with trucks deliberately dumped for such minor reasons as a faulty gearbox, or a blown tire, with a new truck then being simply requisitioned from the US, simply to keep the US workers noses to the grindstone, constantly engaged in pointless toil, locked in a constant cycle of destruction, construction, destruction, construction. And of course, the taxpayer then also has to keep his nose to the grindstone engaged in useless, pointless toil to pay for all that crap, with most people in the US living from paycheck to paycheck, under total fear of dispossession. The US chosenite-controlled capitalist system is pure evil, no doubt about it.

    In truth quantitative easing would accomplish all the funding of everything, or similar financial jiggery-pokery running alongside that. I think the American people are being royally fucked over, totally bilked, Israel makes them fight, actually totally at the expense of the American people themselves, then falsely claims money is owed to the chosenite banks for the funding of these wars. It must be Jewish banks who say they funded the US military, right?

    But 2.3 trillion US dollars was stolen by Israel before 9/11, and when the team of accountants in the Pentagon was about to deliver their report identifying the culprit as Israel, that particular one office in the Pentagon, and all 30 or so financial investigators working on that one particular case got vapourized by a stolen cruise missile that seemed to know exactly which office to hit. But the American people owe the chosenite banks, right?

    Stupid is as stupid does. I think the Yahoos themselves should pay for it all, as they did 9/11, they conned all of NATO nations and their dumb slave soldiers to fight innocent nations and slaughter millions there, all so that Israel could expand their profits, their territories, and build their political power, as they rapidly build up to a Talmudist NWO one world government under Torah Noahide Law, that they have been intending since the very beginning of their death cult thousands of years ago.

    Many little clues exist, like the film 911missinglinks, like the fact that when NATO invaded Libya, Al Qaeda soldiers fought alongside them against Qaddafi’s loyalist Libyan troops, and that the first thing those Al Qaeda ‘terrorists’ did when Libya was taken, that supposedly did 9/11, that were supposedly the enemy of NATO troops, was to bring in Rothschild usurious fractional reserve banking in Libya, and to construct an Israeli military base in Libya. Clues like the fact that when Iraq was invaded, an oil pipeline within Iraq running from Mosul to Kirkuk was reconstructed and extended all the way to Israel, and then, Israel was granted the right in perpetuity to take as much oil as they want for free, unlimited amounts, for unlimited time, entirely at our NATO nation cost. But we owe them, right?

    Oh, and no other country has any rights to any of that stolen oil from Iraq, just Israel, or course, naturally, as we are all their slaves, right? Whilst the NATO nations whose troops did all the fighting and dying and mass-murdering of innocents in Iraq and elsewhere, do not receive a penny of stolen war booty, or any stolen oil, not that they should do of course, since Iraq was entirely innocent of 9/11 and of having any WMD, but little details like that are totally irrelevant in the minds of the Yahoo master race slave-masters.

    And after our subjugated NATO nations fought for all this stolen oil and gave it to them, we then have to pay them back for all the costs incurred in fighting for them, and of course, Israel will continue demanding every year for more money to fund their insanely destructive Samson Option nuclear arsenal, with which they quite literally threaten the existence of all other life in this entire world, with the assistance of one traitorous POTUS after another, whose loyalty lies only with Judaism and Israel, and world domination by the yahoos. Stupid is as stupid does.

    The American people should dismiss their traitorous government, rather than engage in any more terrorist wars against innocent countries in the Middle East, and entirely sever their relationship with Israel and it’s vile megalomaniac death cult religion.

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    • lindsay s

      Bin Laden’s message to America after Iraq: “Bush was such a sucker. My intention was to disrupt American politics and their economy. For every dollar I spent, Bush spent a million. The only people who won were me and Halliburton and the losers were the American people.”