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Marking Ten Years of US War in Afghanistan
CNBC.com | October 07, 2011 | 10:06 AM EDT

Ten years ago today, in response to the enormous tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001, the United States invaded Afghanistan. So began the long road of endless war, endless suffering, endless spending and endless death.

Since then, 1.2 trillion of U.S. tax dollars have gone to wars. This doesn't include the Pentagon's budget, which has increased by 81 percent. Nearly 6,500 U.S. service members have died, along with more than 1,000 of our allies. At least 100,000 Iraqi, Afghan and Pakistani civilians have also died in the conflict. Millions more were left homeless. Around the globe, people ask whether America stands for freedom or domination.

As a result of unscrupulous finance industry practices, here in the U.S. we have an intractable economic crisis with the real possibility of a double-dip recession, and at best a very slow recovery.

With millions out of work, revenues at all levels of government dropped. The federal government borrowed money, accelerating the growth of the national debt, already large from war spending.

Local and state governments cut budgets: laying off teachers, police, firemen and other personnel, as well as closing schools, libraries and cutting services. Millions of Americans have lost their homes to foreclosure.

After ten years of war and in face of economic collapse we must ask: what now?

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