"Ending the current wars will not lower veterans costs; indeed, they will rise ever more steeply for decades to come as the population of veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan expands, ages and becomes more infirm."
“A research group at Brown including ‘economists, anthropologists, political scientists, legal experts, and a physician’ has tackled the always complex question of the costs of America's post-9/11 wars – economic, human, and political.”
“In human terms, 224,000 to 258,000 people have died directly from warfare, including 125,000 civilians in Iraq. Many more have died indirectly, from the loss of clean drinking water, healthcare, and nutrition.”
“The final U.S. troops in Iraq are slated to come home by the end of this year, nearly nine years after Rumsfeld made that [6 month] estimate. Apparently, his cost estimates follow a similar trajectory.”
“When President Barack Obama cited cost as a reason to bring troops home from Afghanistan, he referred to a $1 trillion price tag for America's wars. Staggering as it is, that figure grossly underestimates the total cost of wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan to the U.S. Treasury and ignores more imposing costs yet to come, according to a study released on Wednesday.”
“At a minimum, according to the authors of the study, the final cost for these military engagements will be $3.7 trillion. But the report also points out that their estimates do not include at least $1 trillion more in interest payments and other costs that cannot yet be quantified. Indeed, the report criticized the U.S. Congress and the Pentagon for poor accounting.”