In Light Of The Latest Drone Strike: Iraq War vs Infrastructure

What could we have built for ourselves with the money for the Iraq War?



I’m still thinking of the assassination of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani carried out by the US military on Trump’s order. I am concerned that the cumulative actions of the Trump Administration will eventually lead to another war. I am hopeful that war can be avoided, but I’m reminded of what a certain Winston Churchill said about war (from the International Churchill Society):

“Never, never, never believe any war will be smooth and easy, or that any one who embarks on that strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter. The Statesman who yields to war fever must realise that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events….” — My Early Life, 1930

We saw that “strange voyage” with the Iraq War and I am hopeful that Trump and his cronies will see that about any war they might contemplate with Iran. I really want to emphasize that point that Churchill made about war, that once the signal is given by a politician, he is no longer the master of policy, but the slave of circumstances far beyond his control. And Iran has declared that the assassination of their beloved military leader was an act of war.

I am thinking now about the cost of war. I found research on the Iraq War that tallies the total cost of that war at $3 trillion dollars. That sum is greater than the GDP of many small countries lumped together. That’s about the output of California in 2017. That kind of money could do a lot of good, instead, it was wasted on war.

I also want to draw a contrast between the United States and China. I see that China has been involved in numerous wars during the life of the People’s Republic of China. But none of their wars are on the scale of American war efforts, for if they were, they’d make the news. I note with interest that since about 2012, China has been at war with Muslims in 3 different groups and numerous allies, and the United States is not one of them. China seems a lot more interested in building a modern infrastructure than building weapons of war. I suppose that might come later. But China is big enough, and has enough of what they need now, and that they really don’t need to subjugate other countries to their will. Time will tell.