US war costs could hit $811bn

#1
The cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has soared and may now reach $811bn (£445bn), says a report by the Congressional Research Service.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4955418.stm

The estimates do not include the costs of reconstruction, which the US originally estimated at $56bn.
A recent report from the General Accounting Office suggested these costs would be much higher, but also said much of the money disbursed so far had been spent on security, not rebuilding
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nice one george bush, must be the most expensive re-election campaign in history, all wth public funds too.
 
#3
No doubt the two wars were expensive (in both blood and treasure). But don't forget that containment wasn't free either.

The Economist reviewed a few articles estimating costs... (subscription required)
http://www.economist.com/displaystory.cfm?story_id=6787433
Under these assumptions, and forgetting about any chance of WMD being used on American soil, the authors reckon that the expected cost of containment would have been around $400 billion,
This is one of the papers they reviewed. Its very long but has a three page summary.
http://papers.nber.org/papers/w12092.pdf

Tricam.
 

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