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… from Mossadeq to 9/11

by Paul Craig Roberts

Institute for Political Economy (September 10 2013)

Washington has been at war for twelve years. According to experts such as Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes, these wars have cost Americans approximately $6 trillion, enough to keep Social Security and Medicare sound for years. All there is to show for twelve years of war is fat bank balances for the armament industries and a list of destroyed countries with millions of dead and dislocated people who never lifted a hand against the United States.

The cost paid by American troops and taxpayers is extreme. Secretary of Veteran Affairs Erik Shinseki reported in November 2009 that “more veterans have committed suicide since 2001 than we have lost on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan”. Many thousands of our troops have suffered amputations and traumatic brain injuries. At the Marine Corps War College Jim…

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