Válka za tři biliony dolarů

NEW YORK – Na 20. března připadá páté výročí invaze do Iráku pod vedením Spojených států a je tedy na čase provést inventuru toho, co se odehrálo. Ve své nové knize Válka za tři biliony dolarů Linda Bilmesová z Harvardu a já konzervativně odhadujeme ekonomické náklady války pro USA na 3 biliony dolarů a náklady pro zbytek světa na další 3 biliony dolarů – což je mnohem víc než Bushova administrativa před válkou odhadovala. Bushův tým nejenže ohledně možných nákladů na válku uvedl svět v omyl, ale snažil se také tyto náklady v průběhu války zastírat.

Nijak to nepřekvapuje. Vždyť Bushova administrativa lhala téměř o všem ostatním, od zbraní hromadného ničení Saddáma Husajna po jeho údajnou vazbu na al-Káidu. Ba Irák se stal semeništěm teroristů až po invazi vedené USA.

Bushova administrativa prohlásila, že válka bude stát 50 miliard dolarů. Teď USA tuto částku v Iráku utratí každé tři měsíce. Dejme si toto číslo do souvislostí: za jednu šestinu nákladů na tuto válku by USA mohly vybudovat zdravé základy systému sociálního zabezpečení na víc než půlstoletí, aniž by se snižovaly dávky nebo zvyšovaly příspěvky.

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