War Is (Bad) Business

Abby Zimet

In its 10th year, the war in Afghanistan has given us not just Taliban and war lords as guards,
but these troubling facts: the U.S. military now spends three times
more on private contractors than its own personnel; those contractors
account for half the total rise in war spending from $7.2 to $62
billion; and the U.S. has spent $1.121 trillion for war-related expenses
like military operations, foreign aid and veterans' health care, with
94% of that total going to the Department of Defense. Reports on what we
spend where from Open CRS: Congressional Research Reports for the
People here. More stuff we shouldn't be doing and what it costs here. Rethink Afghanistan is here.

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