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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Cost of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars to National Security

The US Federal Government has spent 1.3 trillion dollars on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars1, funds which could have gone toward domestic security. While analytical surveillance (especially the use of artificial intelligence algorithms employing object recognition) should have been invested in to decrease the likelihood of successful terrorist attacks. Ubiquitous surveillance can also inhibit both sadistic criminals and transferred cops from committing crimes - the latter will, of course, require more legal work until a precedent is set.

Similarly, funding that was directed to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars could have been directed to developing our military to make us more equipped to respond to real threats from other nations' militaries. For example, the US could already have the devices required to invade North Korea, a country ruled by a psychopathic dictator that actually has a nuclear program, in a way that is safe for South Korea.

And the funding that was squandered on George W. Bush's liquidated could have been used to open technologies that would have attacked new market sectors which the US business' developed such technologies would have a huge international advantage in. Such a change in the US's position in economic growth and international trade would further national economic security. New technologies could also make huge strides in ameliorating domestic and world poverty, improving global stability and the US's international image.

Many have suggested that the war on terror has broadened support for terrorist groups and deepened global anti-American sentiments. As Chalmers Johnson wrote on page 119 of Dismantling the Empire: America's Last Best Hope, "As the prominent British military historian Correlli Barnett has observed, the U.S. attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq only increased the threat of al-Qaeda. From 1993 through the 9/11 assaults of 2001, there were five major al-Qaeda attacks worldwide; in the two years since then there have been seventeen such bombings, including the Istanbul suicide assaults on the British consulate and an HSBC Bank," at least a few Arabs were considering joining terrorist groups in reaction to the destruction of their lives by the havoc of war wrought by such US invasions.

1http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/22/us/politics/22costs.html?pagewanted=all

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