What a fantastic return on our investment. We’ve pissed away $1.7 trillion fighting wars that have succeeded in creating more terrorists than existed in 2001 in countries that didn’t have terrorists. And it only cost 7,000 American lives, 50,000 American wounded, and countless thousands mentally damaged, along with the hundreds of thousands of killed and wounded civilians. But they are brown skinned, so no biggie. Who benefited and continues to benefit? The military industrial complex arms dealers and the politicians they bribe to keep the wars coming. They hate us for our democracy and freedom. Right?
Expensive wars have become an American tradition and the global “War on Terror” is proving no exception. The cost of “War on Terror” operations including both Afghanistan and Iraq reached $1.6 trillion by FY2014, according to data compiled by the Mercatus Center citing the Congressional Research Service. Taking war funding approved by Congress for FY2015 into account, the total reaches $1.7 trillion.
Of that, the vast majority, $1.562 trillion, has been allocated to the Department of Defense. Compared to past wars, U.S. military operations since 9/11 have proven extremely expensive. Putting the cost of the “War on Terror” into perspective, the Vietnam War is estimated to have cost $686 billion when adjusted for inflation.
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