Ron Paul: The Terrible Cost of War

by Ron Paul

This month Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki announced the addition of some 1,900 mental health nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers to its existing workforce of 20,590 mental health staff in attempt to get a handle on the epidemic of suicides among combat veterans. Unfortunately, when presidents misuse our military on an unprecedented scale – and Congress lets them get away with it – the resulting stress causes military suicides to increase dramatically, both among active duty and retired service members. In fact, military deaths from suicide far outnumber combat deaths. According to an article in the Air Force Times this month, suicides among airmen are up 40 percent over last year.

Considering the multiple deployments service members are forced to endure as the war in Afghanistan stretches into its second decade, these figures are sadly unsurprising.

Ironically, the same VA Secretary Eric Shinseki was forced to retire from the Army by President Bush for daring to suggest that an invasion and occupation of Iraq would not be the cakewalk that neoconservatives promised. Then Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, who is not a military veteran, claimed that General Shinseki was “wildly off the mark” for suggesting that several hundred thousand soldiers would be required to secure post-invasion Iraq. Now we see who was right on the costs of war.

In addition to the hidden human costs of our seemingly endless wars are the economic costs. In 2008, Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz wrote “The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict.” Stiglitz illustrates that taking into account the total costs of the war, including replacing military equipment and caring for thousands of wounded veterans for the rest of their lives, the Iraq war will cost us orders of magnitude greater than the 50 billion dollars promised by the White House before the invasion. Add all the costs of Afghanistan into the mix, wrote Stiglitz, and the bill tops $7 trillion.

Is it any wonder why our infrastructure at home crumbles, healthcare is more expensive and harder to come by, and unemployment together with inflation continue their steady rise? Imagine the productive power of that seven trillion dollars in our private sector. What could it have done were it in private hands; what may have been discovered, what diseases might have been cured, what might have been built, how many productive jobs created?

With the bills coming due for our decade of reckless military action, the cuts rarely come from the well-connected military industrial complex with their lobbyists and powerful political allies. In President Obama’s 2013 budget, troop strength is to be cut significantly while enormously expensive and largely superfluous weapons systems emerge essentially unscathed. As defense analyst Winslow Wheeler wrote this month, costs of the “next generation” fighter, the F-35, will increase by another $289 million. This despite the fact that the fighter is badly designed and already outdated, a “virtual flying piano” writes Wheeler.

The military contractors building monstrosities like the F-35 are politically connected and thus protected. Unfortunately, returning military veterans are less so. In the same 2013 budget, the White House proposes to increase medical and pharmaceutical costs paid by veterans while reducing their cost of living increases. And how many years of increasingly alarming mental illness and suicide statistics has it taken for the modest increase in resources to be made available?

Those who predicted the real costs of our decade of global military conquest were ridiculed, scoffed at, and fired. History has now shown us that much of what they warned was correct. America is clearly less secure after a decade of unnecessary wars. It is more vulnerable and closer to economic collapse. Its military is nearly broken from years of abuse. Will we come back to our senses?

  • Surfisher

    Shocker In Tampa — Ron Paul Wins!
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    These WILL be the headlines next day — here is why:

    According to RNC Rule #38 — at the Tampa Convention NONE of the Delegates are ACTUALLY Bound! Delegates can vote according to their own judgment and conscience — and are NOT bound to vote according to how most delegates from their state vote.

    Precedent was set in 2008 Utah by Legal Council for the RNC (stating: The RNC does not recognize a state’s binding of national delegates, but considers each delegate a free agent who can vote for whoever they choose).

    Also, the Republican (and Democratic) Parties are Private Organizations — so voting within a party is NOT bound by Election Law!
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    What does this mean? It clearly shows that ANY or ALL delegates can abstain from voting in the 1st round. Or in other words — Bye-bye Mitt !!!

    What do we need to do? Push for as many more delegate wins for Ron Paul as humanly possible — so a Ron Paul victory in Tampa is assured!

    But most importantly NOW — SHARE this information (spread it like wildfire)!

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  • Surfisher

    Blow dealt to Rmoney over the weekend!

    Ron Paul gains 44 more Delegates — Rmoney gets only 6 !!!

    Rmoney’s camp Attempt TO DEFRAUD the Elections — by sending plants using FAKE delegate badges and circulating FAKE delegate slates, and even impersonating real delegates — BACKFIRES! It only helped to galvanize The People in further rejecting Perfidy Mitt!

    Before:
    Paul —148
    Romney—697

    As of May 7th:
    Paul —192
    Romney—703

    More good news for Ron Paul — according to RNC rule #38, the Mitt has probably lost about 50 bound delegates to him; while Ron Paul has probably gained that number.

    Therefore, it could be that the more accurate numbers are:

    Paul —242
    Romney—653

    Fox New’s REALITY CHECK Show is the source for the above numbers. Watch this video and pay attention the explanation of Rule #38 (from minute 3:15 till end of video –4:23).

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  • canuckguy

    Dear USA. Take your country back. Ron Paul for President.

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  • Surfisher

    Four easy steps to assure Ron Paul wins in 2012:

    Ron Paul wins 22 out of 25 delegates in Nevada!

    Lessons learned HOW TO ASSURE a GOP Convention is properly run (so Ron Paul is not cheated of TRUE delegates by the desperate frauds committed by Rmoney’s PLANTS!):

    1) Have two or more patrolling the venue to CATCH Mitt’s goons trying to pass FAKE PAPER COPIES (as they did in Maine and Nevada) and have them removed from the premisses (making sure each one is photographed/ video taped/ live stream shown…so they can be identified later).

    2) Make sure all Badges are legitimate (not ink-jet printed FAKES) before ANY are allowed to be heard at the Convention.

    3) Tape ALL proceedings (from many angles!) — even better to have them live-streamed to thousands outside. See how to easily set up live-streaming by watching the last video — “my setup”.

    4) Stay till the VERY END — make sure you (the Ron Paul supporters) are the LAST ones to leave the building (because, in the last few minutes, Mitt’s Goons will try to ANNUL the Actual Delegates Elected, and by subterfuge replace them with their own fake delegates)!

    After spending about six hours watching eight videos from USTREAM (Nevada Convention) — the above are my conclusions!

    See them for yourself below to form your own:

    http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nevadaconvention/videos

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=leerey14 leerey14

    IMPORTANT: Enter your email address at so we can stay in touch if this channel is ever taken down.
    Wow, just wow.

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  • shakinghands

    The Russians Love Their Children Too !!!

    same goes for:
    Korean
    Vietnameese
    Irakies
    Afghanees
    Syrian

    the list is endless…

    900 base in 143 countries is just crazy…

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  • shakinghands

    indeed …that shit has to go…..its been around for far too long !!

    no-one will/can attack USA…..or is a threat..

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  • Someone Old

    Where have all the young men gone?
    Gone for soldiers every one
    When will they ever learn?
    http://youtu.be/0LZ2R2zW2Yc

    died for democratie? flag? anti-drugs? anti-terror?…
    or ..all lied to… just for the greed of a handfull….

    When will they ever learn?

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  • French Canadian

    Incredible good news:

    “Believe It Or Not – It’s Still Possible for Paul to Score an Upset Win Over Mitt Romney”

    Ron Paul Is Going to the Republican National Convention (+ video also)
    http://www.infowars.com/ron-paul-is-going-to-the-republican-national-convention/

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  • French Canadian

    WOW! 2 more victories.

    Paul Wins Nevada and Maine Despite Sabotage Effort by Republicans (+ video)
    http://www.infowars.com/paul-wins-nevada-and-maine-despite-sabotage-effort-by-republicans/

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  • French Canadian

    To Someone Old,

    You are right about Bod Dylan’s song: The times they are-a changin’. I particularly enjoy this part that is adressed to the Medias:

    Come writers and critics
    Who prophesize with your pen
    And keep your eyes wide
    The chance won’t come again
    And don’t speak too soon
    For the wheel’s still in spin
    And there’s no tellin’ who
    That it’s namin’
    For the loser now
    Will be later to win
    For the times they are a-changin’.

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    • Surfisher

      Cheating Rmoney — what else is new…?!

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcgOuuM1VkM&feature=player_embedded

      This is a Prosecutor’s Bonanza! From Jennifer Taylor’s recordings — several lawsuits can be successfully filed. Federal Crime to fraudulently influence an election’s result (a Felony); State and possible Federal Crime to falsify ‘Registered Mark’ documents; Federal and State Crime to Falsely take someone’s Identity (Jennifer Taylor needs to identify the woman that Impersonated her, and the Other Impersonators that did so to The Legitimate Ones, on the Count ANNOUNCED as TRUE; the Voice accepting these FAKE “refusals for nomination” of Ron Paul needs to be pinned to the individual (so his Name and Address can also be tied as Collusion to Defraud)! Very important to have Exact Name and accurate address — in order to file lawsuits expeditiously!

      All of these need to be leaned on to admit they worked under Romney’s DIRECT Orders — or face long terms in jail!

      After all, it is Romney we need to put in Jail (since he’s the General that gave the orders TO DEFRAUD, if not, THAN HE IS THE ONE THAT CAN’T CONTROL HIS OWN TROOPS — THE FAULT STILL LAYS WITH HIM)!

      HERE IS THE GOOD NEWS — the Weakest Link has been SPOTTED (see video count from 3:14 to 3:21).

      This Young Man MUST be Confronted with these ONLY Options: become Rmoney’s sacrificial lamb, and spend your Life in a Federal Prison (till you grow old and gray); OR get Amnesty by testifying Against Romney, that you were put up to do this on HIS BEHALF!

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  • Someone old…

    this shit has been going on for far too long !!

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  • Someone old…

    The times they are a-changing….

    http://youtu.be/3P3EJBq2yLg

    hope our dreams of the 60ties never die again for you…the young generation!!

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  • john from

    few wars are worth fighting 4…..Ron’s war is….

    niemals wieder krieg!!

    the cat is out of the bag….

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  • French Canadian

    FreedomsReigning,

    There is a good reason why Alex Jones dropped Medina. She is a flip-flopper. I would have done the same thing he did and I would do the same thing with Ron Paul if he ever becomes a flip flopper, which I seriously doubt .

    Here is a 4 minutes video that explains Alex Position:

    It starts at 1:20 till the end at 4:36

    Alex Jones Tv: Alex’s Take on “Flip-Flop” Medina

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=KevinMerck KevinMerck

    Ron Paul can still win people, never stop showing your support. The crowds at his speeches make me proud that there are still good Americans out there.

    A lot stranger things have happened in this world than an upset victory for Ron Paul.

    Just think what might have happened if a traitor like Alex Jones convinced people that the Founding Fathers couldn’t win.

    Ron Paul CAN win, and with a little help from God, we can still turn this country around!

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=KevinMerck KevinMerck

    I don’t know much about what happened to Medina. I understand that she backed out of her stance on 9/11, but that’s understandable. Ron Paul doesn’t want to talk about 9/11 either and that’s probably a wise choice considering that the gangsters in Washington (most Congressman and Senators) are prepared to protect the racket at all costs. (They think the truth about 9/11 will destroy the country and ruin the fun they’re having, which is true)

    All else I know about her SEEMS to be desirable

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=FreedomsReigning FreedomsReigning

    If Ron Paul got the nomination, Jones would do the same thing he did with Debra Medina, wait until he could find justification and then go on full attack. While he did it, he’d be telling people the worlds “elite” (puke) believe we were created by a subterranean race of reptoids who they share a blood line with.

    He says people are brain dead chemically lobotomize sheep. If I hated everyone, and thought they were retarded (like Jones wants), why would I even bother trying…

    Eternal vigilance.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=LUOHANMAN LUOHANMAN

    So many trillions of dollars used for destruction, imagine if it was used for creation, what a waste of effort.

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  • French Canadian

    If Ron paul doesn’t become your president, this is what is awaiting you:

    “Leaked U.S. Army documents prepared for the Department of Defense contain shocking plans for “political activists” to be pacified by “PSYOP officers” into developing an “appreciation of U.S. policies” while detained in prison camps inside the United States.”

    Leaked Documents Confirm Prison Camps Inside U.S. (video)
    http://www.infowars.com/leaked-documents-confirm-prison-camps-inside-u-s/

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    • Surfisher

      French Canadian — Share this (to dispel what trolls do in bashing the LEGAL acquisition of Delegates for Ron Paul)!

      Seems trolls do not understand (or pretend no to) our safeguarded election process.

      Here it is in general terms (simplified):

      1) There is a popular vote (The Many choosing their candidates).

      2) Then, the Decisions of the Many are handed to the delegates (the Qualified Few), who deem if there is merit to the popular vote or just a mob’s folly.

      3) Accordingly, the delegates cast their votes to reflect the meritorious ones.

      This instituted CHECK of Mob Rule is what has kept us as a Free Republic….until recently, and HOPEFULLY AGAIN! (The Ignorant Many can be mislead by TONS of Ads by an Attractive Politician who promises what THEY want to hear (but never intends to do — that’s where The Intelligent Few come in, and The Delegates determine if MERIT is to be assigned)).
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      Recommended reading: Plato’s “Republic” and J.S. Mill’s “On Liberty”

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    • Surfisher

      I’m ashamed to say that we are no longer ‘Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave’ but by MOB RULE have become: “Land of the Oppressed and the Home of the Meek”!

      Unless Ron Paul WINS (which will amount to a Miracle, since The Ones In Power, that are occupying Our Nation, are doing their best by hook-and-crook to PREVENT it) IT WILL ONLY GET WORSE!

      A TRUE POLICE STATE that controls ALL “Citizens” (by then, the proper term will be SUBJECTS)!

      It will be Historically Termed as: ROMNEY’S REVENGE (when he looses to BO)!

      Fight for Ron Paul to win in 2012, or face this as a prelude of ‘Things to Come’:

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