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Trump says $7 trillion ‘foolishly spent’ in Middle East

RT | December 23, 2017

Donald Trump tweeted that the US “foolishly spent” $7 trillion in the Middle East, urging for money to be invested in rebuilding his own country.

Trump’s Twitter statement published on Friday initially focused on economic issues, but eventually took aim at the US policy in the Middle East. “At some point, and for the good of the country, I predict we will start working with the Democrats in a Bipartisan fashion.”

“Infrastructure would be a perfect place to start,” the tycoon-turned-president tweeted, adding: “After having foolishly spent $7 trillion in the Middle East, it is time to start rebuilding our country!”

The tweet came a day after 128 UN members supported a General Assembly resolution which condemned the Trump administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital. The vote took place during a rare UN General Assembly emergency session, convened at the request of Arab and Muslim states.

Trump warned before the session that the US could punish nations which vote against Washington’s decision at the General Assembly, saying on Wednesday that there are countries that “take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars, and then they vote against us.”

“Well, we’re watching those votes. Let them vote against us, we’ll save a lot. We don’t care.”

US military ventures in the Middle East over just the last decade and a half have indeed cost Washington a pretty sum. Even though the Pentagon said in June that it had spent only $1.5 trillion on war-related costs since September 11, 2001, the real figures could be much higher.

According to a report prepared by the Congressional Research Service back in 2014, the costs of the US war on terror already amounted to at least $1.6 trillion at that time. Later, a 2016 Brown University study put the costs of US wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Syria at about $3.6 trillion over the period between 2001 and 2016, adding that they would likely reach $4.79 trillion by the end of 2017.

A 2013 Harvard University working paper said that the cost of just two US wars – in Iraq and Afghanistan – could eventually amount to between $4 and 6 trillion, including long-term medical care and disability compensation for service members, veterans and families, military replenishment, and social and economic expenses.

Bonnie Kristian, a fellow at the Washington-based Defense Priorities think tank put the total costs of the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, including the “relevant legacy costs,” at $5 trillion. In her article published by Forbes magazine, she also predicted that this already hefty bill would grow to $12 trillion by 2053 even if the US is “done in Iraq and Afghanistan by the end of 2017,” as it includes healthcare commitments to US veterans and “interest on the debt incurred by these wars.”

And that does not include the costs of other US military endeavors, such as the 2011 intervention in Libya or overseas operations in countries such as Pakistan, Somalia, or Yemen. Apart from that, since 2001, the US has also spent $164.3 billion worth of aid to Iraq and Afghanistan, according to USAID.

December 23, 2017 - Posted by | Economics, Militarism, Timeless or most popular, Wars for Israel | ,

3 Comments »

  1. Trump has just approved tax cuts for the “Big end of town” which will cost over 2 Trillion dollars…..I suppose that will just be added to the National Debt(while the “Big end of town” continue to evade/avoid/Minimize their Corporate taxes via Caribbean tax havens).
    I wonder what will happen when the Dollar actually drowns in the Debt, which can’t be too far away…..??
    It’s no wonder that the Russians and the Chinese are building a new “Real” ie solid gold Gold Market(rather than a ‘paper’ Gold Market)

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | December 23, 2017 | Reply

  2. Seven Trillion! That is a 7 with 12 zeros following: $7,000,000,000,000.00. Seven thousand billions! $7 trillion of US debt and taxes was invested in an adolescent male comic book fantasy for European Zionists, billionaires, criminals, American Nazi’s and warmongers to build an old fashioned constantly warring colonial empire initially from Africa to Central Asia with its new global capital in Jerusalem (once a rebuilt Jerusalem is utterly cleansed of historic cultural, ethnic and religious diversity).

    This new globalized empire is for burying any pretence of civilization while propitiating a freshly drafted, uniformed and newly branded Yahweh –the utterly insane reconstructed god of war, hate, suffering and global scale human sacrifice. There is no room for celebrating the marvels of the world, life and love with this god’s psychopathetic retinue or in his grisly trophy room. The spirit of Christmas is also cleansed from here, except when we are using the term as a euphemism for the seasonal pornography and pedagogy of conspicuous material waste and pleasurable consumption.

    If resistance to this born again martial religion and empire of profitable hate, militarized globalization and endless terrorist warfare is antisemitic then the vast majority of honest and decent people are also antisemitic. What I fail to understand is why the modern world’s diversity of Jews are allowing this hate filled warring empire, which is definitely not Judaism, to defensively cloak itself in the cultural trappings, religious rituals and iconography of their religious values, texts, discipline and faith.

    When this warring Mammon finishes defiling and dragging Judaism through the filth and putrid carnage of the new global empire, there will be as little left to respect of it as was the consequence of Rome and its holy successors using Christianity as the hood ornament for justifying 2,000 years of their serial murderous colonies, crusades and plutocratic empires. m\\

    Comment by michael\\ | December 23, 2017 | Reply

  3. Maybe Trump should get out of the Zionist bed he’s willingly sleeping in and wake up to an America that just might be great without an “entangling alliance” fraught with all kinds of peril.

    Comment by roberthstiver | December 23, 2017 | Reply


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