War goes on in the background of the Hulu series, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” almost silently, seeming to exert little effect on the day-to-day lives of the characters. Surely we will look at issues of war in our new webchat series, “If America Fails?: The Coming Tyranny,” but in the meantime, it’s intriguing to think about the way war impacts our daily lives as Americans.
For example, Afghanistan has been much in the news in recent weeks, and now American citizens must consider sharing space and other resources with its refugees – but how much did the war over two decades enter our consciousness? Not much, I’d bet.
The U.S. stays embroiled in warfare in various parts of the world…perpetually…but rarely are Americans forced to see the consequences, or the costs. War is “out of sight” and “out of mind.” Perhaps that is a part of the reason that those who seek to plunge this country into chaos and civil war, seem to not grasp the depth of horror they seek to visit upon this country. Anyway, the costs of war are staggering on many levels, with the financial aspect being only one of them. For a stimulating discussion on “the Costs of War,” I recommend you spend a few minutes with Stephanie Savell and Sean Rameswaram. Do it while you’re completing chores and it won’t even cost you time!
“The Department of Defense tracks how much US wars cost, but last week President Biden cited instead accounting from the Costs of War Project at Brown University. Its co-director, Stephanie Savell, explains why.”
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