Nothing, Zero, Zilch

Were the 4,500 dead, tens of thousands of wounded, tens of thousands with PTSD and its concomitant problems, including domestic abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, and suicidality, worth the . . . absolutely nothing, zero, zilch . . . we achieved in return for it? Was the $2,000,000,000,000 we’ve already spent, and the estimated $4,000,000,000,000 we’re going to spend caring for the men we’ve broken worth the . . . absolutely nothing, zero, zilch . . . we achieved in return for it? Well, to KBR, Haliburton, and Blackwater (later Xe, later Academi — why does it keep rebranding?), it was! Who wants to pay out more profits to war profiteers? Let’s do it! Fuck yeah!


“We have been engaged in the Islamic world, at least since 1980, in a military project based on the assumption that the adroit use of American hard power can somehow pacify or fix this part of the world. We can now examine more that three decades of this effort. Let’s look at what U.S. Military intervention in Iraq has achieved, in Afghanistan has achieved, in Somalia has achieved, in Lebanon has achieved, in Libya has achieved, and ask ourselves a very simple question: is the region becoming more stable? Is it becoming more democratic? Are we alleviating, reducing the prevalence of anti-Americanism? If the answer is yes, then let’s keep trying. But If the answer to those questions is no, then maybe it’s time for us to recognize that this larger military project is failing, and is not going to succeed simply by trying harder.”

–Andrew Bacevich, retired U.S. Army Colonel / Professor of History, Boston University

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