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. orchidcup says:

    Each United States service member who has died in Iraq or Afghanistan and been identified by the DoD:

    Faces of the Dead

    This is a photo record of the loss of human resources.

  2. CrankyGeeksFan says:

    There was no Al-Qaida in Iraq before the invasion in 2003.

    Libya which still cost a few billion dollars didn’t have anywhere near the number of extremists it would get.

    In Syria, Al-Qaida is among the strongest rebel groups.

    Is the U.S. following the problem or leading the problem.

    • noname says:

      Neither, it’s creating the problem!

      That’s what paranoids do, imagine then create problems from nothing! Their illness creates delusions from a guilty & corrupt conscience!

      You can’t tell me that Nixon, Dick Chenney, Janet Napolitano or the prosecutors investigating Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz … are not sickly paranoid!

      Our government sees plots in every window, it cannot focus its efforts into productively leading people! We the people are becoming fearful of our now paranoid, corrupt government!

      Orwellian politics of gerrymandering and insider money influences had limited effective people participation in an active democracy.

      Democracy is a needy and attention demanding system! If we become too busy working, now that every household member has to work to survive, what time and attention do we have left to give to our self-government?

      Our employers have now become our overlords. They have become too big to fail. Bigger than our government. Our employer now calls the shots in Washington.

      To be an effective self-governing democracy, requires informed DECISION MAKING by its people! It requires free flowing information systems that don’t disrupt, constrain or corrupt information flows! However, print news is dying, investigative journalism is dying, and a once freewheeling internet is now owned and controlled by elites ….

      Bottom Line, we get the government we deserve! That is the government our founders gave us! They gave us a system that requires active input and not just voting from everyone!

      If we feel we deserve better, then we better “work” at making our government “work” for us and not our employers.

      • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist and Jr History Buff says:

        Insightful and well said.

  3. 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

  4. 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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