Many U.S. veterans say Iraq, Afghan wars not worth it
"A third of U.S. military veterans who have served in the armed forces since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks think the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were not worth fighting, a poll released on Wednesday showed.
The poll by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center found that these veterans held somewhat more positive views of those two wars that the general public in the United States but still harbored deep misgivings about the conflicts.
U.S. forces were sent into Afghanistan in the weeks after the 2001 attacks on the United States to topple that country's Taliban leaders who had harbored the al Qaeda leaders responsible for 9/11.
The United States led an invasion of Iraq in 2003, toppled Saddam Hussein's government, but then faced a protracted insurgency. The main justification for the war offered by the United States before the invasion was the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. No such weapons were found.
In comparison, 41 percent of the U.S. public found the Afghanistan war worth the costs and 36 percent believed the Iraq war was worthwhile."
"Asked for a single word to describe their experiences, the war veterans offered a mixed picture: "rewarding," ''nightmare," ''eye opening," ''lousy."
Exposure to casualties had an even larger impact on attitudes toward the war in Afghanistan. Fifty-five percent of those exposed to casualties said Afghanistan has been worth the cost to the U.S., whereas 40 percent of those who were not exposed to casualties held that same view.
Pew said its survey results found "isolationist inclinations" among post-9/11 war veterans. About 6-in-10 said the United States should pay less attention to problems overseas and instead concentrate on problems at home.
In a Pew survey conducted earlier this year, a similar share of the general public agreed."
Back Home, and Homeless
"I find myself alone in a dark wooded park tucked between million-dollar houses south of Stanford University, looking for a spot in the bushes to stash my bags. Until that morning I’d been living in a cheap weekly-rate motel in Palo Alto. Before checkout, knowing I couldn’t afford the $48 fee for another night, I laid out my stuff on the bed. Over the cigarette burns on threadbare sheets, I scrounged for quarters, dimes and nickels. There was enough for an extra value meal at Taco Bell. I divided everything else I had between three bags; an olive-drab backpack my brother used in the Army Rangers, a black duffel I bought at Goodwill and a satchel for my laptop.
This was my life. I was two weeks shy of my 28th birthday, unemployed, broke, thousands of miles from my family, watching the weather forecast to see how uncomfortable sleeping outside would be that night. Whatever the prediction, I could handle it. Four and a half years in the Army, including 16 months as an infantryman in eastern Afghanistan, provided plenty of skills with no legal application in the civilian world. It was, however, wonderful preparation for being homeless.
I was searching for a hole in the bushes to hide my bags. They were heavy and awkward, cumbersome to lug around Palo Alto."
Names of the Dead
"The Department of Defense has identified 4,469 American service members who have died since the start of the Iraq war and 1,783 who have died as a part of the Afghan war and related operations. It confirmed the deaths of the following Americans recently:
MILLS, Adrian G., 23, Specialist, Army; Newnan, Ga.; 272nd Military Police Company, 519th Military Police Battalion.
BUTZ, James A., 21, Specialist, Army; Porter, Ind.; 82nd Airborne Division.
DIAZ, Christopher, 27, Sgt., Marines; Albuquerque, N.M.; Headquarters Battalion, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center.
NELSON, Caleb A., 26, Petty Officer First Class, Navy; Omaha, Neb.; SEAL team.
SIERCKS, Billy J., 32, First Sgt., Army; Velda Village, Mo.; 10th Mountain Division.
SPROVTSOFF, Nicholas A., 28, Staff Sgt., Marines; Davison, Mich.; First Marine Special Operations Battalion."
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For banks, recovery is fading
"U.S. bank profits have been rising steadily for more than a year, but the recovery may be losing momentum due to weak loan demand and low lending rates.
For many of the biggest banks, earnings are likely to fall in the third quarter, dragged down by investment banking businesses like trading and underwriting. And the tough environment for traditional businesses like lending is only making things worse, analysts said.
The dark cloud over the world economy from the trouble in Europe is feeding doubts about bank profits as well.
As of Tuesday, earnings estimates for Bank of America had fallen to 19 cents a share from 27 cents on August 1, worse, Goldman Sachs Group is expected to report 77 cents a share, just one-fourth of the $2.98 estimated August 1.
The first big bank to post results will be JPMorgan Chase & Co, which reports on October 13. Analysts expect earnings of 98 cents a share, down 3 percent from a year earlier and down 22 percent from estimates on August 1."
Bernanke warns recovery 'close to faltering'
"Europe has a debt crisis. America has a jobs crisis. Corporate profits could be in trouble. World financial markets are in turmoil. And no one seems prepared to ride to the rescue.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke bluntly warned Congress on Tuesday of what most of America has sensed for some time: The economic recovery, such as it is, "is close to faltering."
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