The black hole of war: where is the money going?

24/06/2011 11:11

Source: End The Lie - M. Ruppert

Not only is the American imperialistic military machine incredibly ineffectual in their armed nation building efforts across the Middle East, the military has also been directly involved in the swindling of billions. This, unfortunately, is in addition to the billions of dollars spent monthly keeping our fellow American citizens in the line of fire fighting for the profits of the elite.

The wars our government is waging in our names around the world are taking the lives of members of our Armed services while also sucking up absurd amounts of taxpayer funds which we will likely never see any return on. This is most prevalent in the past decade’s nation building efforts, all of which have been failures by most metrics.

The billions of dollars being funneled into these nations will likely never be paid back, and if it is, it will be in no less than a decade.  In a Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan report published June 3rd, 2011, many disturbing statistics are revealed.

Essentially, the above report shows that there are tens of billions of taxpayer dollars that will disappear into the black hole of war if the governments of Iraq and Afghanistan cannot successfully take over operations. Just a single program in Afghanistan could potentially cost us $11 billion. Obviously the total potential losses are much larger than this figure based on just one program. We must also assume that these numbers are somewhat conservative given they were provided by the federal government.

Part of our armed nation building program in Afghanistan is the training and outfitting of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF). This is one of the most massive money sinks our money is being thrown into, while they will not be able to pay it back for at least 10 years. During this time we will still likely be having our money siphoned off from much needed areas in America and sent over to Afghanistan to support the ANSF.

A passage of the CWC report reads, “a preliminary U.S. military estimate of ANSF sustainment costs for just  the period 2014 through 2017 is in the neighborhood of $30 billion. The ANSF, currently numbering about 305,000 personnel, is growing toward a newly authorized strength of 352,000, which will raise sustainment costs.” That’s right, on top of the tens of billions of dollars being sunk into unsustainable programs in foreign countries in which we are exerting our control, we are going to be on the hook for even more in the near future.

Does something seem wrong here? Why are we committing ourselves to programs that we cannot sustain nor afford? It sure is a nice thought to pretend we can afford to be the world’s nanny, giving away money to whomever we please, especially when it involves defense contractors. The reality is that if America intends to survive in the coming decades, we must stop pretending we have money when in reality we are in over our heads.

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