The Cost of Perpetual Wars

Start: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 6:30 PM


The Cost of Perpetual Wars                                                            

Catherine Lutz & David Vine                                  

Tuesday, April 16, 2019
6:30 p.m.

Metropolitan Club

1700 H Street NW
Grill Room on 1st Floor
(Business attire for men and semi-formal attire for
ladies is required for entry to Metropolitan Club)


The United States Constitution has been praised as “the most wonderful work every struck off by the brain and purpose of man.” No other country in history has built its foundation on separation of powers. It secures peace and enables every individual to march to their own drummer. Mr. Constitution, James Madison, separated the war power from the executive for the first and only time in history. Madisonian America exerted influence abroad by example and made the 1800s the authentic American Century.

Wilsonian America superseded Madisonian America. Congressional dominance yielding peace surrendered to an imperial presidency brandishing limitless power. Monsters to destroy were invented daily to justify endless presidential wars paid by thousands of unbuilt schools, unrepaired roads and unconstructed hospitals. America abandoned democratic norms and flouted the rule of law under the banner of making the world safe for democracy. Villages are destroyed to save them. A multi-trillion dollar military-industrial-counterterrorism complex struts along the corridors of power.

The Committee’s mission is to restore a Madisonian America. The identity of Madisonian America is the dignity of each citizen pursuing his or her ambitions. The identity of Wilsonian America is projecting military power into every corner of the globe. Wilsonian America has begotten nine known unconstitutional presidential wars, a national debt soaring past $22 trillion and a surveillance state to enforce conformity. Wilsonian America diverts our national genius from production to killing.

Accordingly, the Committee welcomes Brown and American University Professors Catherine Lutz and David Vine to quantify the costs of the post-9/11 wars. As the meticulous leader of the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs' Costs of War Project, Catherine details the budgetary and human costs of US military interventions.

In Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World, David shows that the 800 U.S. military bases overseas inflict an array of ills on locals and U.S. military personnel alike, cost the U.S. more than $51 billion annually, enable offensive interventionist wars and undermine national and global security.

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