11 days US unlawful wars cost = 1 year free tuition for all US public colleges

US current wars:

  • Orwellian unlawful because US armed attacks, invasions, and occupations of foreign lands are unlawful Wars of Aggression. Two treaties, the Kellogg-Briand Pact and UN Charter, make armed attacks on another nation unlawful unless in response to armed attack by that nation’s government. Importantly, all “reasons” given for war to Americans, our military, and the world are now disclosed by US official documents as known to be false as they were told. US wars have killed 20-30 million since WW2. All of our families sacrificed through two world wars: if there’s one law that Americans should know as least as well as rules of their favorite sport, it’s war law.
  • $4 to $6 trillion in total cost (so far) from Harvard’s Linda Bilmes’ follow-up analysis to her co-authored paper with Nobel Prize laureate Joseph Stiglitz. In the 12 years since 9/11, this cost is ~$35 billion every month or over $1 billion every day. Strike Debt! concludes the total cost to pay for every US two-and four-year public college and university students’ tuition at $13 billion a year; 11 days of US war costs. You could also frame $4 to $6 trillion as paying for 300 to 450 years of all US public college/university tuitions; until somewhere between the years 2300 and 2450. That said, all infrastructure, including soft infrastructure such as education, can and should be better than cost-free because these investments return more economic output than their costs.
  • Unlawful US wars will only end with arrests of the obvious US war “leaders.” Without arrests, US War Criminals will continue their war agenda onto Syria and Iran, war-murdering millions more, as well as poverty-murdering a million children every month.
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  • Tonto

    “11 days US unlawful wars cost = 1 year free tuition for all US public colleges”

    Yeah, sure Herman. Your statement is about as logically misplaced as someone saying, Just One Day of unlawful US wars cost = enough FREE cheesecake and Pepsi to make the average American gain forty pounds more pounds of fat and blubber to hang down over their groin. That’s true too, though I don’t think it’s a good idea any more than I think providing four years of free college for kids to go off to, to get scientifically indoctrinated while they spend their time spreading around venereal disease (which they generally catch from their lecherous pedophile professors), losing their moral compass with altruist communist bullshit, and, doing dope.

    You’re a prime example, Herman.

    Our US college system is a complete and utter moral and intellectual abomination. Our US colleges are supplying the scientists who make all these biological, nuclear and chemical weapons. These colleges are supplying the scientists that made the Fukushima nuclear disaster along with every other scientific disaster. They are supplying the fruitcakes who think genetic engineering is a promising new technology that will lift humanity up from its current state of decay and self-imposed destruction caused by all the previous scientific solutions. And our US colleges are supplying the scads of asshole bureaucrats that run all the asshole bureaucracies in the country too. US college graduates wrote ObamaCare and the draft resolution Obama wants passed about Syria, Herman.

    Bullshit, Herman. You and your education adoration are complete and utter bullshit. Tell us all again how you went to Harvard! Your blind and ignorant allegiance to education is wholly misplaced. Education as it exists is nothing more than another plague and a parasite upon the country and the world. I believe that is the point you were trying to make about “unlawful wars” isn’t it. That these are a plague and a parasite upon the country. Look at what your sickening education has done to you, Herman.

    You are only capable of alluding to education in propagandist terms. You are apparently incapable of trying to do something about the educational parasite and ongoing social danger of education run amok as it so obviously has run amok. You are all too obviously part of the education-problem in this country. And the education problem in this country, is THE problem in this country and the world, not the unlawful US wars. The wars are a result of the educations being handed out, Herman. Get that straight for once.

    You’re just trying to tell everyone you are smarter than them with this article. Well, Herman, you’re so ignorant, it’s appalling. Why? Because you are just as much a part of the problem as any defense contractor or generalismo. You are even more of a problem, in fact. Your kind are educating the scientists of war, the defense contractors, and, all the warmongers and the generalismos too.

    Harvard only graduates twits.

    • Eric Hodgdon

      Your points are good, why be an ass about it?

    • Carl_Herman

      Tonto’s argument is classic “strawman”: creating a distorted view of post-secondary education that the 99% reject as OBVIOUSLY abhorrent, then pretending that I support the abhorrent.

      Those committed to real education have identified and rejected such distractions from serious consideration of important issues for over 2,000 years of professional and academic applications.

      I invite all readers to do the same. I invite tonto to consider: if he rejects the leaders working for peace and justice, who does he consider allies?

    • StupidRedneck

      I bet you’re the kind of person who thinks the bible should be law.

  • Eric Hodgdon

    Good job on cost comparisons. What the money could be spent on OR NOT spent on is a better question. Just because the money was “found” and “spent” doesn’t mean it “should” or “could” have been spent for something else.

    Consumption is the greater concern, whether in personal items or in public infrastructure.

  • Tonto

    I apologize for my shrill comment, that ended up getting three other comments and my own deleted. It was a mistake in judgment to have made such a post. That’s not a defense. That is just a statement of fact.

    Mea culpa.

  • OldVet

    Ghastly numbers…. and true. War spending on whose credit card? Meanwhile money center banks are ‘spending’ (ie making up) $85 Billion in purchasing mortgage backed securities Every Month… and now have $3.5 trillion in ‘inventory’ (land, title, improvements and monthly income).

    So monopoly contractors are booming on our war costs making hell afar, and monopoly ‘too big to jail’ banks are buying up entire states in our name, in US dollars, but functionally they are Citi dollars, or Morgan dollars making hell at home. Oh, and let us not speak about the International Pinkerton Armies we are creating with this spending.

    For whose benefit? The two parties leaderships are lock step on these issues. War, Good.

    But this is not about rationality nor representation. It is a series of ‘press tests’ to see how well the public is manipulated by the digital press… state by state.

    My question to myself and other veterans…. of service and public service, is how can I reconcile my vow to defend the constitution with the travesty unfolding before our eyes?

    • Carl_Herman

      Yeah, war is part of the 1%’s business. And yeah, the vow, when taken seriously as you and I do, is the question. Active service members are authorized to refuse unlawful orders (and no lawful orders exist in unlawful wars), with officers authorized to arrest those who issue them. Whatever people of good heart and mind conclude to do will move us all forward.

  • Good job

  • Josh Stern

    There is a lot of value in the act of habitually describing the costs of war/Security State spending in human terms – $$$ that can be spent on other things, lives that could be saved – both US and non-US.

    Doing things like that is key to broadening the anti-War, anti-fascism coalitions. For some people, opposition to foreign mass murder and lying about it is enough reason to oppose the US Security State. For others, it is more helpful to describe how Cousin Charlie might still be alive and to list how many McDonald’s Happy Meals and months of single young adult health insurance could be purchased for the same price tag.