What Have Our Two Wars Cost Americans? And What Have We Gained for Our Efforts?

Harry Kelber, Thinking of Labor’s Future, May 1, 2012 The average American has little understanding of why the United States went to war in Iraq and Afghanistan, except to be told that it was essential we use our military to wipe out Al-Qaida, the Taliban and other world-wide militants that were threatening the security of the United States and its people. Without the public’s actual consent, the Bush administration spent hundreds of billions of dollars in an unsuccessful attempt to crush Al-Qaida in Iraq, and President Obama continued the fight in Afghanistan, where the Taliban remains as a powerful military presence, despite the addition of US troops there. But questions persist. ... What