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Financial Cost of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars?

Remember the promises made by the Bush Administration war hawks and neocons, Paul Wolfowitz for example, who stated that the invasion of Iraq was necessary because of the threat of a “mushroom cloud.”  We were also told that the war would be quick, followed by celebratory flowers, and not a drain on the US economy.

We learned early on that the war would not be quick, and there would be no flowers in the streets.  Later, it became clear that we were lied to, there was no yellow cake, no WMD, and the facts were fixed around the justification for going to war.   And now, we know that the cost of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars will be a tremendous drain on the US economy for decades to come and will threaten our future national security.

End War Demonstration

Linda Bilmes, a prominent Harvard University researcher, recently released a report, “The Financial Legacy of Iraq and Afghanistan:  How Wartime Spending Decisions Will Constrain Future National Security Budgets,” which places the cost of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars as high as six trillion dollars.

The report indicates that close to two trillion dollars were in direct costs related to the military campaigns in the two countries, but this is but a fraction of the total war costs.  Other huge additional costs include:  (1)  two trillion dollars for ongoing medical care and disability benefits to war veterans, and (2) several trillion dollars more for paying for the interest on the money borrowed by the Treasury to finance the two wars.

The Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts are the most expensive wars in US history.  Linda Bilmes concludes, “The legacy of decisions taken during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars will dominate future federal budgets for decades to come.”

Where is the shame…the ignominy of those who fixed the facts around the invasion of Iraq, saddled future generations with a massive war debt, unleashed immeasurable human loss and suffering, and profited from these wars of hubristic iniquity?

Link to the Truthout Article that features Linda Bilmes’ Harvard Report.

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National Anti-Drone Days of Action (April 4-7, 2013)

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The Kick-Off Event for the National Anti-Drone Days of Action will be in Mission Bay, on April 4th, at 7pm.

The protest to end the manufacture and use of Killer Drones is targeted against General Atomics and Northrup Grumman, two leading manufacturers of Killer Drones.

April 4th will be the first of four days of protests and will involve the “Occupation” of the Clairemont Drive I-5 Overpass (Near the Park of Mission Bay Visitors Center) by volunteers, who will be holding signs critical of killer drones.

Fact: San Diego is the killer drone capital of the world, because San Diego is home to General Atomics and Northrup Grumman, companies that manufacture the deadly Predator and Reaper drones.

We need volunteers! Contact <[email protected]>

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April 8 Meeting with Stephen Whitburn

Our next meeting will be on April 8, 7:00 pm, with special guest Stephen Whitburn, the general manager of San Diego LGBT Pride. We now meet at the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1309, 7843 Lester Avenue in Lemon Grove. Hope you can make it!

Pacific Beach Democratic Club

What’s happening in the Uptown Neighborhood? Whole Foods Market Grand Celebration

Whole Foods Market Getting Ready to Celebrate Grand Celebration

Whole Foods Market, located at 711 University Avenue, has been in the Uptown neighborhood for 16 years and is completing a major remodeling project that will maintain the integrity of the best of what is Uptown and provide access to the highest quality of local foods, organic produce and healthy life choices.

Marketing Supervisor Ray Kau said, ”The remodel was a big change for the store, and designers strived to keep the integrity of the neighborhood in tact through several elements…We are a unique and diverse neighborhood, and we get such strong support from Hillcrest and the surrounding communities,” Kau said. “We really want to recognize and call that out within the store.”

Whole Foods Market will feature a full service restaurant, which includes soups, sandwiches, tacos, salads and sushi.  Among other menu options will be 32 beers and a selection of wines.

Kau announced that Whole Foods Market will host a “grand reopening 16th anniversary celebration,” which will be a weeklong celebration starting Friday, April 5 and will include a cake cutting, live music and a beer tasting at the new pub.

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Peters, Davis, and Lightner Unite to Save Historic La Jolla Post Office

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Local Pols Lead Rally to Save Historic La Jolla Post Office

San Diego Free Press, Posted: 28 Mar 2013, 05:53 PM PDT

San Diego Congressional Representatives Scott Peters and Susan Davis joined City Councilwoman Sherri Lightner and members of the La Jolla community in an effort to save the historic 77 year old La Jolla post office this afternoon from the United States Postal Service ax.
Davis, whose 53rd District previously included La Jolla prior to redistricting, had introduced legislation in the last Congress that would allow community interests to purchase the building and lease it back to the Postal Service at a nominal rate. Peters, as the new representative to the area, has taken up that mantle and reintroduced the bill. “The U.S. Postal Service is under attack,” and they need more funding, said Davis.