[size=36]British report reveals the costs of America's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan[/size]
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As Washington squabbles over what has been achieved, if anything, after 20 years and spending nearly $5 trillion on "eternal wars", there is one clear winner: American arms manufacturers and contractors.
Unprecedentedly, the United States has relied on private contractors for support in nearly all areas of war operations, with contractors supplying the Army with trucks, planes, fuel, helicopters, ships, drones, weapons and ammunition, as well as support services from catering and construction to information technology and logistics. ".
He continued, "The number of contractors and mercenaries on the ground has exceeded the number of American forces in most years of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and by the summer of 2020, the United States had 22,526 contractors in Afghanistan, which is almost double the number of American forces there."
He continued, “Congress relied on emergency funding to circumvent the regular US budget, as the United States used emergency funds in the first decade of the conflict, which were usually earmarked for one-time crises such as floods and hurricanes, and detailed oversight of spending was scant. And because this kind of spending is excluded from budget projections and deficit estimates, it has enabled everyone to continue pretending that the wars will not end soon.”
In June of 2020, five arms makers, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, General Dynamics, Raytheon, and Northrop Grumman, accounted for nearly a third of the $480 billion defense budget, while only a fraction of these sales were earmarked for Iraq. and Afghanistan, which shows that the conflict has been very profitable for all the major defense contractors.”
Not surprisingly, so much wartime spending was so wasteful. The Inspectors General for Afghanistan and Iraq, the Wartime Contracting Committee, and the Pentagon's Inspector General all documented waste, profit, corruption, and "phantom spending" as the money spent on The activities turned out to be nonexistent at all, while the United States still owes $2 trillion in future veterans benefits, and this financial waste will be compounded by the need to replace what was destroyed.” Ended 29/R77