The U.S. war in Iraq has cost $1.7 trillion with an additional $490 billion in benefits owed to war veterans, expenses that could grow to more than $6 trillion over the next four decades counting interest, a study released on Thursday said.

The war has killed at least 134,000 Iraqi civilians and may have contributed to the deaths of as many as four times that number, according to the Costs of War Project by the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University.

When security forces, insurgents, journalists and humanitarian workers were included, the war’s death toll rose to an estimated 176,000 to 189,000, the study said.



  1. MikeN says:

    Don’t worry, that war is all Bush’s fault. The liberals on this blog assured us that the real war was in Afghanistan and that’s where America’s focus needed to be. Then Obama was elected, and the liberals on this blog revealed that they were lying all along, when they started pushing for withdrawal from Afghanistan.

    • noname says:

      Underwhelming courage, spoken like a true diehard republican Chicken Hawk! A true Dick Chenney disciple!

    • Rick says:

      I do believe Obama killed a certain Osama Bin Laden…

      Time to leave Afghanistan

  2. Rick says:

    The $1,700,000,000,000 could have been spent on a massive alternative energy grid which by now could have made us 100% energy independent and completely immune from any overseas wars involvement.

    But instead we elected BUSH.

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