The war actually lasted an additional Nine Years:
It’s now been ten years since George W. Bush sent us into war in Iraq based on cherry-picked intelligence designed to fool the American people and coerce members of Congress into authorizing this debacle. As the MSNBC documentary “Hubris” clearly shows, the lead up to the war was orchestrated. There were no weapons of mass destruction, Saddam had no ties to bin Laden and Al Qaeda, and what’s more, we were not greeted as liberators. So what’s the current cost of what is historically the worst foreign policy failure in our history?
U.S. Military personnel killed: 4,486
Non U.S. Coalition personnel killed: 316
U.S. Military personnel wounded (20% with serious brain/spinal injuries): 32,223
Iraqi Military and Police personnel killed: 10,125
Iraqi insurgents killed: 55,000
Iraqi civilian killed: 121,227
Approved spending by Congress through 2011: Approximately $1,000,000,000.000.00
Lost and unaccounted for U.S. tax dollars in Iraq: $9,000,000,000.00
Lost and reported stolen U.S. tax dollars for construction in Iraq: $6,600,000,000.00
Mismanaged and wasted U.S. tax dollars in Iraq: $10,000,000,000.00
Halliburton “overcharges” classified as unsupported or unreasonable to U.S. Government: $1,400,000,000,00
Amount paid to KBR (former Halliburton Division): $20,000,000,000.00
Amount paid to KBR determined as unsupported or unreasonable: $3,200,000,000.00
Top 25 Corporations that have profited over the Iraqi War:
Veritas Capital Fund/DynCorp
Washington Group International
International American Products
First Kuwaiti General Trading and Contracting
Global Risk Strategies
Many of the Corporations continue to file taxes in the United States, yet like many corporations, they have used our tax code to pay little or anything back to the United States government responsible for the profits they made from the Iraq War.
Conservative estimates show that the ultimate cost of just the Iraq War, taking direct and consequential costs into account could total nearly $6,000,000,000,000.00. The additional costs for medical and rehabilitative services, reconstruction, veteran services, etc continue to mount. Of course, the Republicans in Congress still want to slash the taxes of corporations while paying our bills to balance the budget. They prefer to slash social services, including the services to our Iraq war veterans to balance our budget.
When President Bush, Vice President Cheney, National Security Advisor Condi Rice, Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Powell pushed the Iraq war, both chambers of Congress were controlled by Republicans. They authorized the war while at the same time, and for the first time in history, cut taxes on the wealthiest Americans and Corporations. The Bush tax cuts coupled with the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars accounts for half of the overall national debt through 2019.
My proposal is simple. These companies are paying record low taxes to the Federal Government while making record profits largely due in part to the Iraq War. Time to tax the hell out of these companies to recoup the tax dollars paid in, and denied to the citizens of the United States.
When Government of the People, by the People and for the People taxes the People, the revenues and debt accrued by that Government should be for the People. All the People, not just those in the upper 1% of the economic class and certainly not for the corporations.
This war was ill conceived, ill advised, and poorly implemented. It has not benefitted the American People at all. In fact it has caused irreparable harm to the majority of the nation in terms of lost family members, increased national debt, and cuts to our social safety net in order to pay for this fiasco.
It’s only fair that those few, who profited dearly over this endeavor, actually pay the price of it.