Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Costs of War

War in Afghanistan: Operation Enduring Violence

October 7, 2013 Truthout

H. Patricia Hynes: “Altogether the war in Afghanistan has cost American citizens $1.834 trillion, or 30 times President Bush's touted cost. The authors concede this is a conservative figure that excludes the social costs to families caring for veterans and record-breaking rates of veteran suicide, unemployment, homelessness, domestic violence and family breakup with its punishing setbacks for children. Nor does it include the collateral effects of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars: higher oil prices, intensified recession and the loss of domestic jobs.”