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Last month, Major General Dana Pittard, a commander in the 1st Armored Division, retracted an Army blog post made in January in which he told soldiers considering suicide to "act like an adult".
Suicides are surging among America's troops, averaging nearly one a day this year – the fastest pace in the nation's decade of war. The 154 suicides for active-duty troops in the first 155 days of the year far outdistance the U.S. forces killed in action in Afghanistan – about 50 percent more – according to Pentagon statistics obtained
To those fighting it, the war in Iraq is not a glorious cause or, as the old advertisement put it, an adventure. These days it is no longer even a divisive national argument like Vietnam. It is a job.
The three B-2 stealth bombers that flew from Missouri to Libya and back on an early bombing mission each cost an estimated $10,000 per hour to fly, a defense official said. That means the planes, each on a 25-hour round-trip flight, ran up a bill of $750,000, and the 45 Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) they dropped added at least $1.3 million more.
The war in Iraq has cost the US $823.2bn since 2003 - and in 2011 cost $49.3bn, only $4bn less than 2003 when the invasion happened.
The US has lost 4,484 military personnel since 2003 in Iraq - the vast majority of the 4,802 coalition casualties. This year has seen casualties too - 54 people have been killed, although that is much lower than the 2007 peak of 904.
The White House Tuesday reiterated its opposition to military intervention in Syria, saying such a move will lead to "greater chaos."
Less attention has been paid to what motivates terrorists to launch attacks. According to the Pentagon's Defense Science Board, a strong correlation exists between U.S. involvement in international situations and an increase in terrorist attacks against the United States.
now, after a decade of enormous costs in blood and treasure, and visible successes against Al Qaeda, the nation is again insisting on a more modest global role.
The United States entering the 21st Century is losing it’s hegemony in World Affairs. This has been due to a wide range of factors including costly military interventions overseas, in addition to serious economic issues at home. Also US power on the world stage as a whole has been challenged due to the rise of other powers namely China and India.
two ongoing interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq. The fact that American and allied forces are still in Afghanistan in large numbers ten years later, with a long and uncertain struggle still ahead, is testament to the limits of even vast military power.
One significant offset to the cost of U.S. involvement in the flights worth noting is the sale of military equipment to allies also involved in the cause. Pentagon officials say the sale of ammunition, replacement parts, fuel, and technical assistance to allies since March has totaled $221.9 million.
The cost of U.S. military intervention in Libya has cost American taxpayers an estimated $896 million through July 31, the Pentagon said today.