Third War Front In Mideast Means Disaster for U.S.
President Obama, with his March 19 order to fire more than 100 cruise missiles at the sovereign country of Libya, has involved the United States in another needless, nowin war. At a time when joblessness and the national debt are at historic highs, this makes three wars that the United States is openly fighting—not including the unknown number of secret wars we are engaged in across Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
How much is all of this costing us American taxpayers—you know, the people who pay the bills and bleed in all of these wars? On page 9 in this week’s issue, former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Paul Craig Roberts estimates the U.S. military security apparatus costs us $1.2 trillion every year. That doesn’t even include Obama’s latest military action.
When we start tallying the price tag for Libya with all the cruise missiles, at $1 million apiece, the stealth bomber flights, which cost $10,000 an hour to operate, the Navy warships—the American people are looking at hundreds of millions of dollars just for the first three days of this conflict.
Obama called for this attack without even bothering to consult Congress, in spite of the fact that legislators, who happened to be on vacation while U.S. bombs were falling on Libyan cities, likely would have rubber-stamped it anyway. Instead, Obama, while on a free trade promotion junket in Central and South America, turned to another “congress” for guidance: the United Nations Security Council.
In truth, Obama’s bloody intervention could not have come at a worse time for America. As bad as the economic situation is, Middle East media outlets were reporting on even more horrifying news: 4,000 photographs were recently leaked to a German publication that showed, among other things, American GIs in Afghanistan taking trophy shots with civilians whom they had just murdered.
But don’t count on the U.S. mainstream media to tell us about this or to question the sanity of starting yet another war. Their job is to cheerlead for the military-industrial-banking complex and to help silence the real truthtellers—people like Bradley Manning, the 23-year-old American soldier who is rotting in a military brig for disclosing nasty little truths about the U.S. empire, whether Americans want to hear about them or not.
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(Issue # 14, April 4, 2011)