March has a bloody legacy of conflicts and military action. Newsweek cites the Costs of War project stating, "the U.S. has spent approximately $6 trillion on related conflicts that have killed at least 500,000 people"
In an interview on C-SPAN, Matthew Hoh, an Iraq veteran and former State Department official, draws on Costs of War data to urge the American public to consider that "it's not just a discussion about the Afghan war. It's a discussion about all the wars, what we're doing overall, not just in the Middle East, but now throughout Africa." See clip at 17:53.
Costs of War co-director Stephanie Savell is cited, and the map of US counterterror war locations reprinted in this article, which positions the recent U.S. decision to cut military aid to Cameroon due to human rights abuses in the context of the broader U.S. war on terrorism.
The Washington Post fact-checks Trump's statement that, "We have spent more than $7 trillion dollars in the Middle East," suggesting that Trump is making an erroneous refernence to Costs of War project data.
NYTimes Editorial Board calls for ending the war in Afghanistan, drawing on evidence from Costs of War that the war has extended to 80 countries, cost $5.9 trillion, and resulted in a loss of half a million lives.
The Intercept features Costs of War findings on the human costs of war and speculates that Americans ignore the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq because "the carnage challenges their strongly held self-perception that their country is a force for good in the world.”