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Iraq War Costs

'Mission Accomplished' Was 12 Years Ago Today. What's Been The Cost Since Then?

The Huffington Post | Jesse Rifkin | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics

On May 1, 2003, President George W. Bush delivered a now-infamous speech aboard an aircraft carrier in which he declared that "major combat operations...

Howard Fineman

We Broke Iraq And We're Still Paying For The Damage | Howard Fineman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In 2002, during the run-up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Secretary of State Colin Powell issued a warning to President George W. Bush ab...

'Mission Accomplished' 10 Years Later

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics

On May 1, 2003, President George W. Bush stepped down from a Navy jet that had just landed on the USS Abraham Lincoln. He was wearing a flight suit an...

Was the Iraq War Worth It?

Hussein Ibish, Ph.D. | Posted 05.20.2013 | World
Hussein Ibish, Ph.D.

Ten years later, was the Iraq War worth it? Did the U.S. achieve its goals? Is Iraq a more democratic country? Are the Iraqi people better off than they were under Saddam Hussein? Was it worth the cost? And most important, was it worth the American and Iraqi lives lost? You decide.

What Could We Have Bought Instead of a $3 Trillion War?

Rep. Frederica Wilson | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics
Rep. Frederica Wilson

What's done is done. We cannot win back the costs of a misguided war, just as we cannot bring back the precious lives lost. But we can take steps right now to start realizing a better vision for the country.

The Iraq War Will Push The U.S. Into Debt For Years To Come

Posted 03.20.2013 | Business

In the 10 years since the beginning of the Iraq war, the costs of war have been compared to the benefits of freedom at a near constant rate. Thanks to...

Joshua Hersh

$800 Billion Thrown Away On Iraq War | Joshua Hersh | Posted 03.18.2013 | Politics

For the past few months, a strange thing has been happening in the central Iraq town of Fallujah. Thousands of citizens, virtually all of them Sunni M...

David Wood

The Iraq War's Human Costs | David Wood | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics

Nightfall and still over 100 degrees as the gun trucks of a U.S. military convoy known as Dagger Three Seven growl in S-turns past the concrete barrie...

Surprising Revelations Over Cost Of Drone War

The Huffington Post | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 05.24.2012 | Politics

In the 11 years of America's post-9/11 wars, drones have emerged as a seemingly perfect weapon for fighting elusive enemies. Able to stay aloft for a ...

Thinking for Ourselves -- Sacred Sacrifices

Shea Howell | Posted 02.29.2012 | Detroit
Shea Howell

This season is an opportunity for us to reflect on the horrors of war and the costs of empire. It is a time to turn our hearts and imaginations toward the creation of real peace.

4,474 Americans Dead in Iraq

Peter Van Buren | Posted 02.19.2012 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Our wars, our only legacy from the evil of 9/11, signs of a nation gone mad, have cost America over $4 trillion. Yet while money is one thing to squander, we weep over the unnecessary loss of lives.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 02.16.2012 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, the Pentagon marked the official end to the war in Iraq with a brief ceremony in a secure part of the Baghdad airport -- helicopters hovering protectively overhead. Although Defense Secretary Leon Panetta later declared that the cost paid by America was "worth it," a look at the price tag offers a more sobering assessment: 4,487 U.S. military personnel killed, over 2,000 U.S. government contractors killed, over 40,000 American troops wounded, over 100,000 Iraqis killed, at least 2 million Iraqis displaced from their homes, and a final tab that could ultimately reach $4 trillion doled out by U.S. taxpayers (a far cry from the $50 billion to $80 billion the Defense Department originally predicted it would cost). And beyond the cost in lives and treasure are the less quantifiable costs we'll be paying for years to come, including the strengthening of Iran and the weakening of America's moral standing in the world.

Estimating Iraq War Damages Sustained by the United States (2003-2011)

Nake M. Kamrany | Posted 01.08.2012 | Politics
Nake M. Kamrany

Wars have implicit costs as well, including the loss of parents by young children and loss of family members whose pains are carried for a life time. War damages are pervasive and multidimensional.

The Priceless Price of the Post-9/11 Decade

Anthony Gregory | Posted 11.09.2011 | Politics
Anthony Gregory

As we approach the ten-year anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, we are seeing lots of estimates on the costs of America's wars waged in the last decade. Yet most of them miss the big picture.

Debt Political Theater Diverts Attention While Americans' Wealth Is Stolen

Rep. Dennis Kucinich | Posted 09.13.2011 | Politics
Rep. Dennis Kucinich

The rancorous debate over the debt belies a fundamental truth of our economy -- that it is run for the few at the expense of the many.

Joseph Stiglitz And Linda Bilmes: The True Cost Of The Iraq War

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Writing in these pages in early 2008, we put the total cost to the United States of the Iraq war at $3 trillion. This price tag dwarfed previous estim...

Afghan War Costs Now Outpace Iraq's

USA Today | Richard Wolf | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The monthly cost of the war in Afghanistan, driven by troop increases and fighting on difficult terrain, has topped Iraq costs for the first time sinc...

Yes, We're Still Counting

Jan Herman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jan Herman

At the moment the cost of U.S. wars over the past nine years is closing in on $900 billion. Health care reform would cost an estimated $900 billion to $1 trillion over the next 10 years.

Afghanistan War To Cost More Than Iraq

Wired | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The price tag for running the war in Afghanistan will outstrip the cost of the conflict in Iraq next year, according to budget documents released toda...

Iraq: Key Figures Since The War Began

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

U.S. TROOP LEVELS: _October 2007: 170,000 at peak of troop buildup....

Bush details $70 billion war funding request for 2009

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Bush sent lawmakers a $70 billion request Friday to fund U.S. operations in Iraq and Afghanistan into next spring, which ...

Bush Admin's Iraq War Cost Estimates Not Even Close

New York Times | DAVID M. HERSZENHORN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

At the outset of the Iraq war, the Bush administration predicted that it would cost $50 billion to $60 billion to oust Saddam Hussein, restore order a...