What is the Cost of U.S. Wars since 9/11?

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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?



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