As the US occupation of Afghanistan comes to end, Americans are just beginning to come to terms with the cost of 20 years of war. A new report titled State of Insecurity: The Cost of Militarization Since 9/11 puts that price tag at over $21 trillion when accounting for the cost of US wars abroad, care for veterans, and the militarization of domestic law enforcement agencies. What would our world look like today if that money had, instead, gone to funding schools, infrastructure, renewable energies, canceling student debt, and other social priorities? TRNN’s Jaisal Noor speaks with Lindsay Koshgarian, program director for the National Priorities Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, and co-author of the State of Insecurity report.
Jaisal is currently the Democracy Initiative Manager at the Solutions Journalism Network and is a former TRNN host, producer, and reporter. He mainly grew up in the Baltimore area and studied modern history at the University of Maryland, College Park. Before joining TRNN, he contributed print, radio, and TV reports to Free Speech Radio News, Democracy Now! and The Indypendent. Jaisal's mother has taught in the Baltimore City Public School system for the past 25 years. Follow him on Twitter @jaisalnoor.More by Jaisal Noor