In the past ten years, the United States has spent over $1 trillion on war and yet this enormous amount is not accurately reported. A few studies have shown that the amount spent on funding war is inaccurate as the cost of funding war is much higher. One such study that was recently conducted is by the Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies.
Although recent announcements have proclaimed that troops in Afghanistan will soon be withdrawing and heading back to the United States, trillions of dollars have already been spent. The question is in this recession, can we afford wars?
History reveals the answer time and time again. Begin back in time, many great empires have had their day in the sun. Yet empires rise and empires fall. So countries rise and fall. For example, the Roman Empire was unstoppable and almighty on many levels. Back when Rome was in power, it appeared that nothing could cause it to falter. Yet as with most things, what goes up must come down. Bubbles form and rise and pop. Such is the case with Rome and its Roman Empire along with many other countries and their political and economic power.
It isn’t just war that causes countries to crumble. There are many factors that come into play and all at once. Like a dominoes effect, these factors play upon one other and are linked. One factor sways and topples over and causes the other then the other then the other to fall until you get the dominoes effect. The factors include natural disasters, political issues, health issues, economic issues, financial issues, and many more. Then when the funding of a war, or wars, are added, it’s similar to the straw that broke the camel’s back.
So if you look back at what history has to reveal, it will show that time and again, a country that is standing on the wobbly legs of a weak economy and an economic crisis cannot afford to fund a war. Such countries cannot afford war. And although, troops will soon be withdrawing from Afghanistan per President Obama’s order, the damage has been done. Mind you, this is not to say that I am endorsing the funding of war or not endorsing it. It is also not to say that I am for or against war. There is a time and place for war and the defense of our country as well as assisting other countries.
The purpose of this blog is to say that the answer to the question, “With this economy crisis, can we afford war?” The answer is found by looking at history which reveals that we cannot afford to fund a war during a recession or economic crisis. We also cannot afford to be reporting inaccurate information such as how much has been spent in funding war. It is important to be honest and open with yourself, government leaders and those who make major decisions, to be honest and direct with your citizens and residents.