Is the US forgetting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan?

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In my latest opinion article in the Boston Globe, I argue that the American political leadership is paying almost no attention to the cost of the Post 9/11 wars – despite continuing huge costs, loss of life, chaos in Afghanistan, and evidence from Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction John Sopko that our financial policies may be actually making things worse.

Read the full article here:  Boston Globe

Linda Bilmes coins the phrase”Credit Card wars”

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Read how the way we pay for the wars is exacerbating inequality and  prolonging wars.
n the name of the fight against terrorism, the United States is currently waging “credit-card wars” in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and elsewhere.
Never before has this country relied so heavily on deficit spending to pay for its conflicts. The consequences are expected to be ruinous for the long-term fiscal health of the U.S., but they go far beyond the economic. Massive levels of war-related debt will have lasting repercussions of all sorts. One potentially devastating effect, a new study finds, will be more societal inequality.
In other words, the staggering costs of the longest war in American history — almost 17 years running, since the invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001 — are being deferred to the future. In the process, the government is contributing to this country’s skyrocketing income inequality

Read summary of latest work by Linda Bilmes, Rosella Capella Zielinski, Sarah Kreps, Neta Crawford.  https://www.salon.com/2018/06/30/how-americas-wars-fund-inequality-at-home_partner/

Latest research shows how paying for the Post 9/11 wars off-budget is leading to never-ending state of war

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Read summary of latest work from Linda Bilmes, Neta Crawford, Rosella Zielinski and Sarah Kreps

https://www.salon.com/2018/06/30/how-americas-wars-fund-inequality-at-home_partner/

Cost of War now exceeds $5 trillion

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I testified at a Senate Armed Forces Committee briefing convened by Senator Reed on November 8th.

Neta Crawford, of Boston University presented the most recent update of war costs from Costsofwar.org at Watson Institute, Brown University.   Following her stunning testimony, I presented testimony on how the wars have been paid for, a short briefing called “The Credit Card Wars”.

See my testimony here: http://watson.brown.edu/costsofwar/

 

 

 

What are we doing in Niger?

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I am re-posting a paper I co-authored with the late, great scholar Michael Intriligator entitled:  “How Many Wars is the US Fighting Today?”  We note that AFRICOM supports military-to-military relationships between the US and 54 African countries. There is little to no accountability for these activities and almost no transparency on the budget.

It was presented at the 6th Defence and Security Economics Workshop,  Royal Military College of Canada and Defence Management Studies, School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University in 2011.

 

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