As with any company, a huge part of the cost of war is in personnel. A lot of these expenditures would still go out even if the troops were moved back to the U.S., unless these soldiers were cut from the military which is what’s happening. With the millions and millions of people already out of work this doesn’t help our economy as we end up paying these soldiers who were let go for things like unemployment. So the bottom line is the money politicians say they save by reducing troops is a lie because we still spend about half their salary to keep them afloat once they are let go from serving in the military.
The other major costs when engaged in war are supplies. The money spent in the war effort goes towards stimulating our economy for those businesses that support the war effort (i.e. communication equipment, computers, fuel, guns, meals, uniforms, vehicles, etc.). As war winds down thousands of people will lose their manufacturing jobs and we’ll be paying for them as well to keep them afloat.
The federal government will lose 35% in tax revenues from the companies providing supplies for the war then the laid off employees will no longer be paying federal and state taxes. As you can imagine these taxes were huge and helped pay for the war effort. Basically more than half of the cost of funding the war was coming back to them in tax revenues.
We have lost thousands of soldiers due to our involvement in the middle-east which is terrible but I promise you there isn’t/wasn’t a single person serving over there who didn’t gladly enlist. I’ve seen countless interviews of families who lost their loved ones in Afghanistan and Iraq and they didn’t blame our country…they were proud of their children for serving; unless you’ve come from a military family this concept can be hard to fathom.
The bottom line is our country isn’t throwing away billions of dollars a month to fund the war instead a big chunk of it comes back to states and our federal government through taxes. War keeps people employed thus being its own economy and helping our country in a big way. Either our politicians (mostly democrats), don’t understand the economy of war or they are lying to us again about its true impact on our country. Do I like war, no, but if my livelihood was tied to my job at a manufacturing plant making ammunition I’d probably want the war to continue…how about you?