The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Our Money Has Been Spent on Wars

Jul 18, 2011

If Congress really wanted to get rid of the budget deficit, it would long ago have stopped the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – or never started them. It would have cut ALL spending to military contractors.

Companies like Dick Cheney’s KBR, GE, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, as well as the oil companies, beat the drum to push the country into war – then gobbled up hundreds of billions.

In 2008, two economists, Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes, wrote a book demonstrating that the first five years of war in Iraq had already cost the U.S. three trillion dollars. Add to these trillions, several trillions more for the last three years in Iraq and the 10 years of war in Afghanistan.

Get some of those blood-soaked billions back from these latter-day war criminals. That could pay for the budget deficit.