National Peace Action Board of Directors Co-Chair Dave Pack had a letter to the editor published in the Kansas City Star last Friday. Well done, Dave!
Our country’s response to the 9/11 acts of terrorism was war in Afghanistan followed by war in Iraq. These 2 failed wars have brought us no real security. Indeed, the cost of these wars has significantly reduced our financial security by bringing us to the brink of national bankruptcy, a fact I suspect the terrorists see as one of their greatest successes.
Columnist Joel Brinkley (Star, September 3) summarizes the real costs of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. They include
$1.4 trillion to date in direct appropriations
$2.6 trillion to date in added interest on U.S. debt and veteran’s medical expenses
This $4 trillion to date is nearly 30% of our nation’s $14 trillion debt. Estimates of future expenses are another $2 trillion to pay interest on U.S. debt and continuing medical expenses for 150,000 wounded veterans.
War is not the answer.
David J. Pack
Peace Action National Board Co-Chair