What is the Cost of U.S. Wars since 9/11?
In the early hours of September 11, 2001, two commercial airliners crashed into the World Trade Centers. Then, another one at the Pentagon. Finally, a fourth plane in rural Pennsylvania.
The horrific event triggered a national security crisis and eventually paved the way for the war in Afghanistan and later the war in Iraq. Today, June 29, 2011 we are less than three months from the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks yet the cost of war continues to mount up.
How much you ask?
Experts at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies estimate that by the time President Obama brings all the troops home from Afghanistan the result could be a final bill that reaches at least 3.7 trillion dollars. It could exceed $4.4 trillion.
In the ten years since U.S. troops were first deployed in Afghanistan, between 224,000-258,000 people have died directly from warfare, including 125,000 civilians in Iraq. The staggering dollar signs and loss of human life have inspired the motives behind the “Costs of War” academic study that hopes to conclude if the wars post-9/11 were worth the U.S. investment.
The Afghan and Iraq wars have brought an end to Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden as well as drastically reduced the influence of terrorist organizations like al-Qaeda. However, as the numbers above prove, it has come at a great expense.
Question is…Do you think the multi-trillion dollar U.S. investment was a smart decision in order to protect national security?
Tags: Afghanistan U.S. troop withdrawal, al-Qaeda, Costs of War, international terrorist organizations, news, Osama Bin Laden, President Obama, Saddam Hussein, September 11, Taliban, War in Afghanistan, War in Iraq, War on Terror
dchange on Friday, July 15, 2011 at 3:03 pm
o U.S cotizens you have been bluffed by both obama and bush theya re all diplomatic scams, you better get seriuos about knowing your government`s secret. Its all freemasonic and illuminatist evils laid upon you? QUIT beleiveing the media and get seriuos about getting the rifght truth about the stupid govt aruling you
PoisonEmbrace on Friday, July 15, 2011 at 5:44 am
We can fix everyone elses problems, but we cant fix our own. We could have spent those trillions of dollars helping American citzens, clothing children here, feeding people here, sheltering people here. Bush fucked us completely and the bastard should have been impeached because only congress can declare war and he went over their heads and fucked us all completely. Now Obama has to deal with the problems Bush created. What a pathetic excuse for a president. Blame the source of the problem, not the man trying to fix a mess that the imbecile you voted into office made in the first place.
Lm_Rich on Thursday, June 30, 2011 at 3:39 pm
America needs to stop trying to be superman and focus on whats going on in america. That 3.7 trillion $ could have been use to fix or economy, lower the national debt, help the homeless+ fix our crappy education system. I support the troops but i dont support war!
Gringo72 on Thursday, June 30, 2011 at 1:23 pm
war is hell, but bush made the right decision to go into afghanistan. i can say that bc im joining the Marines in a little while. bc if he hadnt made that decision, we would be little pussies and they would attack us again just like during the clinton administration. god bless all the troops over there and i pray that all of them make it home
KeeleyP92xx on Thursday, June 30, 2011 at 11:53 am
The biggest cost of war is life. RIP to everyone who has died fighting for the UK and the USA.
niceguyforgirls on Thursday, June 30, 2011 at 3:24 am
Only congress has the authority to declare war. The cost of the “wars” since 9/11 is $0.
ricanboiswag on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 10:43 pm
so sick of these wars. its pointless. My dad is over in Afgan. risking his life when we can just end the war already and let those countries handle their own problems.
italiafutbol07 on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 8:44 pm
bad decision, but military spending is what makes and keeps us strong. We need to keep spending high
F0x3d on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 8:05 pm