By Stephen Lendman
Obama plans more wars. The peace candidate can’t get enough of them. Hawkishness defines his agenda. So does belligerently transforming independent regimes into client ones.
The business of America is war. Permanent war is policy. Peace is abhorred. Preventing it is prioritized. So is controlling Eurasia’s vast oil, gas, and other resources unchallenged.
War profiteering depends on conflict. It’s the American way. Post-WW II, it’s been that way. One war leads to others. Proxy ones are waged. Sums spent are enormous.
Post-9/11 alone, estimates run into the multi-trillions. A June Brown University Watson Institute for International Studies (WIIS) “Cost of War” report said up to $5,444 trillion was spent and projected with all related expenses and obligations included.
In their book titled, “The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict,” Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes explained costs way beyond official numbers. Continue reading