NPR features the latest study by Costs of War that shows that the US has spent $5.9 trillion on the war on terror, contrasting this with a report by military officials that calls for more military preparedness.
"ISLAMABAD — A study released Thursday says the U.S.-led war on terrorism has killed about 507,000 people in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan during its 17 years and is showing a 22 percent increase in deaths in the past two years."
Costs of War Co-Director Stephanie Savell writes, "The United States’ “war on terror” in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq has directly killed at least 480,000 people since 2001... This new body count signals that, far from diminishing, the war is only intensifying."
This article on political will and US military strategy in Afghanistan cites the Costs of War Project's estimate that at least 970,000 veterans have some degree of officially recognized disability as a result of the wars.
"Extremism poses a greater threat today than it did 17 years ago," despite trillions of dollars that US taxpayers have spent on it. Brown University's Costs of War Project puts the price tag at more than $4 trillion.
The Pentagon's estimate of how much the War on Terror has cost since 9/11 - $1.5 trillion -- is making headlines, despite independent estimates such as that by the Watson Institute's Costs of War Project that have pegged the figure far higher, at $5.6 trillion. This article details why the Costs of War Project's figures are far higher than the government's.
The Costs of War Project's estimate of $5.6 trillion is placed into comparison with other recent estimates of war spending since 9/11, including Department of Defense data that puts the cost at more than $1.5 trillion.
The Pentagon released a report that said that the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria have cost over $1.5 trillion, but estimates from Brown University's Costs of War project peg the costs at $5.6 trillion.
A new Pentagon report estimates the US has spent $1.5 trillion on wars since Sept. 11, but independent estimates such as a study by Brown University's Watson Institute for International Affairs pegs the cost much higher.
Costs of War study cited on TomDispatch, "Thanks to [Osama bin Laden's] “precision” weaponry -- those 19 suicidal hijackers in commercial jets -- the nearly 17 years of wars he's sparked across much of the Muslim world cost a man from one of Saudi Arabia’s wealthiest families a mere $400,000 to $500,000. They’ve cost American taxpayers, minimally, $5.6 trillion dollars with no end in sight."
An analysis of U.S. involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan argues that it is part of a long-term strategy to gain regional influence and access to resources. The article cites the Costs of War Project, which estimates that more than 100,000 people have died in the war in Afghanistan and about 200,000 people have died in the war in Iraq.
Costs of War Co-Director Stephanie Savell writes, "...the staggering costs of the longest war in American history -- almost 17 years running, since the invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001 -- are being deferred to the future."
Lindsay Koshgarian uses Costs of War estimates to argue that when some argue that ideas like healthcare for all or public college are written off as fantasy thinking, they should consider the virtually unlimited military spending of the US.
Costs of War Co-Director Stephanie Savell writes, "the staggering costs of the longest war in American history — almost 17 years running, since the invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001 — are being deferred to the future. In the process, the government is contributing to this country’s skyrocketing income inequality."