September 7, 2013
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.