Paul Lachine

Цена событий 11 сентября

НЬЮ-ЙОРК. 11 сентября 2011 года террористические атаки Аль-Каиды должны были нанести урон Соединенным Штатам, и они это сделали, но таким образом, каким Усама бен Ладен, возможно, даже не представлял себе. Ответ президента Джорджа Буша-младшего на эти атаки поставил под угрозу основные принципы Америки, подорвав ее экономику и ослабив ее безопасность.

Нападение на Афганистан, последовавшее за атакой 9/11 было объяснимым, но последующее вторжение в Ирак было абсолютно не связано с Аль-Каидой настолько, насколько Джордж Буш пытался установить связь между ними. Эта война на усмотрение быстро стала очень дорогой – на несколько порядков превысив заявлявшиеся вначале 60 миллиардов долларов ‑ по причине колоссальной некомпетентности, помноженной на бесчестное искажение фактов.

Действительно, когда мы с Линдой Билмс подсчитывали расходы американской войны три года назад, при консервативном подсчете сумма составила 3-5 триллионов долларов. С тех пор расходы возросли еще больше. Поскольку почти 50 % вернувшихся солдат имеют право на выплаты по различным степеням инвалидности, а также 600 000 человек до сих пор проходят лечение в ветеранских медицинских учреждениях, то по нашей оценке будущие выплаты по инвалидности и медико-санитарные расходы составят 600-900 миллиардов долларов. А социальные расходы, связанные с самоубийствами ветеранов (число которых превысило 18 в день за последние годы) и семейными разрывами, вообще не поддаются точному учету.

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