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Cost Of War On Terror: $500+Billion

As the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq continue, the cost has now reached $500 billion, and the price is still climbing.
In October, the U.S. government allocated $70 billion for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The money would pay for military operations for the
first six months of 2007, but the military services require billions more to replaced worn out or destroyed equipment.
The Pentagon is requesting an additional $120 - $160 billion for the last six months of 2007.

Prior to launching its invasions in Afghanistan and Iraq, the U.S. government predicted quick victories and troop withdrawals, and estimated
that the cost for both theatres would not exceed $50 billion.
Government expenditures for the "war on terror" have passed the $500 billion mark, which makes it the most expensive conflicts for the U.S.,
both in casualties and money.

It costs about $275,000 a year to keep each soldier deployed in Iraq, and the cost climbs to about $360,000 for additional equipment and
supplies for each GI.

Three years after invading Iraq, the war is costing the United States $8+ billion a month, and the campaign in Afghanistan has cost at least
$88 billion.
In 2005, the cost of the Middle East conflicts surpassed the $361 billion cost of the Korean War.
Next year, the cost of Bush's big adventure will have passed the $531 billion cost of the Vietnam War, making it the most expensive war for
the U.S., next to WW2.

With the high U.S. casualty rate in the Middle East, and the uncertainty of troop levels, the U.S. government estimates that the cost of the "war
on terror" could reach at least $808 billion by 2010 - 2016.

Cost of U.S. wars

Revolutionary War -- 1775 - 1783
Total cost - $2.4 billion
Cost per person - $481

War of 1812 -- 1812 - 1815
Total cost - $1.2 billion
Cost per person - $129

Mexican War -- 1846 - 1848
Total cost - $1.7 billion
Cost per person - $73

Civil War -- 1861 - 1865
Total cost - $66.7 billion
Cost per person - $1,814

Spanish-American War -- 1898
Total cost - $10.3 billion
Cost per person - $118

World War I -- 1917 - 1918
Total cost - $205.1 billion
Cost per person - $2,678

World War II -- 1941 - 1945
Total cost - $3,116.4 billion
Cost per person - $21,937

Korean War -- 1950 - 1953
Total cost - $361.4 billion
Cost per person - $2,438

Vietnam War -- 1964 - 1975
Total cost - $531.9 billion
Cost per person - $2,372

Gulf War -- 1990 - 1991
Total cost - $81.9 billion
Cost per person - $329

Afghanistan & Iraq -- 2001 -
Total cost - $549 billion
Cost per person - $1,829
send em the $$$$ 22.Nov.2006 13:43

filthy capitalist

send the money to every inhabitant of listed countries.

Better spent by far.

that's just the accounted for billions. 22.Nov.2006 14:48

this thing here

there's also the billions gone missing because of corruption or "unknown" reasons...

that thing 22.Nov.2006 16:52

memecaster

you saw the 60 minutes piece? we send them the $$$ and they bank it. we walk away.

we talk about if they are ready for self management. we wonder about infiltration. hell, we could a given the terrorists the money directly!!!!

anybody with a problem child knows you dont just fork over cash,,,

how we should have proceeded. "here is your $$BILLIONS$$, and here is your co-signer, who will approve each and every expenditure and report back to us, spend well, spend frugaslly and above all, spend as if your honour were at stake. we'll be watching."

but no................

Shit... 22.Nov.2006 21:56

Shaker

I'd bet Saddam would've left for 30 billion and some land in Paraguay.