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This is the April 2008 edition of The PeaceWorker.
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State of the Planet Report
Earthday 2008
Earthday 2008
State of the Planet Report
 G I V E  P E A C E  A  D A N C E !  A p r i l  2 6 ,  2 0 0 8 G I V E  P E A C E  A  D A N C E !  A p r i l  2 6 ,  2 0 0 8
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Military Budget Threatens Survival ..........2Warfare and Healthcare.........................3
“Winter Soldiers” Demand ....................10Paying the Penalty for Nonviolence.......11
Hold Abusive Military Accountable.........26Progress: Halting Nuclear Development ...27
Give Peace a Dance April 26..............285% Solution Project Surges Forward ..28
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page july/august 2007
Iraq War Price Tag Tops Three Trillion Dollars
 By Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes
he Bush administration was wrong about the benefits of the war and it was wrong about the costs of the war. The president and his advisersexpected a quick, inexpensive conflict. Instead, we have a war that is costing morethan anyone could have imagined.
The cost of direct U.S. militaryoperations
not even including long-term costs such as taking care of woundedveterans
already exceeds the cost of the 12-year war in Vietnam and is morethan double the cost of the Korean War.Even in the best case scenario, thesecosts are projected to be almost ten times
the cost of the rst Gulf War, almost a
third more than the cost of the VietnamWar, and twice that of the First WorldWar. The only war in our history whichcost more was the Second World War,when 16.3 million U.S. troops fought ina campaign lasting four years, at a totalcost (in 2007 dollars, after adjusting
for ination) of about $5 trillion.
With virtually the entire armed forces
committed to ghting the Germans and
Japanese, the cost per troop (in today’s
dollars) was less than $100,000 in 2007
dollars. By contrast, the Iraq war is
costing upward of $400,000 per troop.
Public Has Not Felt the Cost 
Most Americans have yet to feel thesecosts. The price in blood has been paid by our voluntary military and by hired contractors. The price in treasure has, in a sense, been financedentirely by borrowing. Taxes have not beenraised to pay for it
in fact, taxes on the richhave actually fallen. Deficit spending givesthe illusion that the laws of economics can berepealed, that we can have both guns and butter.But of course the laws are not repealed. Thecosts of the war are real even if they have beendeferred, possibly to another generation.On the eve of war, there werediscussions of the likely costs. LarryLindsey, President Bush’s economicadviser and head of the NationalEconomic Council, suggested that
they might reach $200 billion. But this
estimate was dismissed as “baloney” by the Defense Secretary, DonaldRumsfeld. His deputy, Paul Wolfowitz,suggested that postwar reconstructioncould pay for itself through increased
oil revenues. Mitch Daniels, the Ofce
of Management and Budget director,and Secretary Rumsfeld estimated
the costs in the range of $50 to $60
 billion, a portion of which they believed
would be nanced by other countries.(Adjusting for ination, in 2007 dollars,
they were projecting costs of between
$57 and $69 billion.) The tone of the
entire administration was cavalier, as if the sums involved were minimal.Even Lindsey, after noting that the
war could cost $200 billion, went on to
say: “The successful prosecution of thewar would be good for the economy.” Inretrospect, Lindsey grossly underestimated both the costs of the war itself and thecosts to the economy. Assuming that
Iraq War Protest at Ports on May 1
According to the websiteof theInternational Longshore and Warehouse Union
(ILWU), nearly one hundred Longshore
Caucus delegates voted on February 8 tosupport a resolution calling for an eight-hour “stop-work” meeting during the day-shift onThursday, May 1 at ports in CA, OR and WAto protest the war by calling for the immediate,safe return of U.S. troops from Iraq.“The Caucus has spoken on this
important issue and I’ve notied the
employers about our plans for ‘stopwork’ meetings on May 1,” said ILWUInternational President Bob McEllrath.Caucus delegates, including severalmilitary veterans, spoke passionately aboutthe importance of supporting the troops by bringing them home safely and ending theWar in Iraq. Concerns were also raised aboutthe growing cost of the war that has threatenedfunding for domestic needs, includingeducation and healthcare. The website refersto Nobel prize-winning economist JosephStiglitz and Harvard economist Linda J.Bilmes, who recently estimated that the truecost of the war in Iraq to American taxpayers
will exceed $3 trillion
a gure they
describe as “conservative.”
[See above article
]The union’s International ExecutiveBoard recently endorsed Barack Obama,citing his opposition to the war in Iraqas one of the key factors in the union’sdecision-making process.Caucus delegates are democratically electedrepresentatives from every longshore local whoset policy for the Longshore Division.ILWU International PresidentRobert McEllrath has written letters toPresident John Sweeney of the AFL-CIO and President Andy Stern of theChange-to-Win Coalition, and to the presidents of the International TransportWorkers Federation and the InternationalDockworkers Council to inform them of the ILWU’s plans for May 1.

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