6 thoughts on “Same as it ever was – again!

  1. 4theRecord says:

    The United States has spent an estimated $2,261,000,000,000 (more than $2 trillion) on the Afghanistan war so far (8/20/21) https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/08/20/afghanistan-war-key-numbers/
    President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Farewell Address, famed for its reference to the “military-industrial complex,” is one of the most famous speeches in American history. Its meaning has been analyzed and debated by historians ever since. President Eisenhower delivered the speech on January 17, 1961. https://www.eisenhowerlibrary.gov/research/online-documents/farewell-address

  2. p/s says:

    The U.S. departure from Afghanistan is leaving the Pentagon with at least $6 billion in unspent funds for the now-defunct Afghan Security Force — and a potential fight over how to spend the money. https://warisboring.com/6-billion-left-unspent-for-defunct-afghan-security-force-where-will-it-go/
    In the months leading up to the U.S. ending its 20-year war in Afghanistan and the Taliban gaining control of the country, major defense companies were awarded contracts in Afghanistan worth hundreds of millions of dollars and spent tens of millions lobbying the federal government on defense issues.
    The Department of Defense issued nearly $1 billion dollars in contracts to 17 companies related to work in Afghanistan that was set to continue past the May 1 withdrawal date.
    It’s unclear what will happen with some of those contracts as the U.S. evacuates operations in Afghanistan. https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2021/08/defense-contractors-spent-big-in-afghanistan-before-the-us-left-taliban-took-control/
    10 U.S. Investments In Afghanistan That Didn’t Pan Out [see list of investments made with billions upon billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars] https://www.forbes.com/sites/adamandrzejewski/2021/08/17/10-us-investments-in-afghanistan-that-didnt-pan-out/?sh=3ae1acad374c

  3. Smedley Butler says:

    ‘9/11 millionaires’ and mass corruption: How American money helped break Afghanistan https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/10/9/11-millionaires-and-corruption-how-us-money-helped-break-afghanistan.html
    $290 million every day for 7,300 days. That’s how much money America spent on 20 years of war and nation-building in Afghanistan, according to Brown University’s Costs of War project. https://watson.brown.edu/costsofwar/files/cow/imce/papers/2021/Costs%20of%20War_U.S.%20Budgetary%20Costs%20of%20Post-9%2011%20Wars_9.1.21.pdf

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