Price Tag for the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars: $6 Trillion

According to a recent Harvard study reported in The Guardian,  the costs of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars could potentially cost the U.S. a total of $6 trillion, which includes the cost of veterans’ care bills and the future interest on war loans.

The current cost of the conflict is around $2 trillion, with the decision to finance the war through borrowing already adding $2 trillion to the national debt – about 20 percent of the total national debt added between 2001 and 2012.

Note that this doesn’t include the various unofficial campaigns undertaken in places like Yemen, Pakistan, and Somalia under similar auspices. Of course, the human costs — both currently and well into the foreseeable future — are a different and more somber story altogether.


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