Iraq Tenth Anniversary - Cost 2.2 Trillion Dollars and Hundreds of Thousands of Lives

Submitted by tnjp on March 17, 2013 - 8:18pm.

This week marks ten years since Bush/Cheney lied America into invading and occupying Iraq. No one from the Bush mis-administration has been indicted for war crimes or any other criminal acts, Gitmo is still open, and the Patriot Act(among other Acts) still enslaves us.

Here's a few conclusions of fact to remind of the devastation done in our name - care of the Costs of War project of The Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University.


  • The Iraq War will ultimately cost U.S. taxpayers at least $2.2 trillion. Because the Iraq war appropriations were funded by borrowing, cumulative interest through 2053 could amount to more than $3.9 trillion.

  • The total of U.S. service members killed in Iraq is 4,488. At least 3,400 U.S. contractors have died as well, a number often under-reported.

  • Th $2.2 trillion figure includes care for veterans who were injured in the war in Iraq, which will cost the United States almost $500 billion through 2053.

  • The $60 billion spent on reconstruction for Iraq has not gone to rebuilding infrastructure such as roads, health care, and water treatment systems, but primarily to the military and police. The Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction has found massive fraud, waste, and abuse of reconstruction funds.

  • Our tally of all of the war's dead - including soldiers, militants, police, contractors, journalists, humanitarian workers and civilians - shows that at least 330,000 people have died due to direct war violence.

  • A 2011 survey conservatively estimated that between 800,000 and a million Iraqi children have lost one or both parents

  • Approximately 2.8 million people are still displaced from their homes

  • Increases in cancer, birth defects and other conditions have been associated with war-related environmental damage and toxins

  • 200,000 civilians have been killed as a result of the fighting at the hands of all parties to the conflict, and more will die in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan as the violence continues. But most observers acknowledge that the number of civilians killed has been undercounted. The true number of civilian dead may be much larger when an adequate assessment is made.

  • Despite the US military withdrawal, Iraq's health, infrastructure, and education systems remain war-devastated.

  • ...28% of Iraqi children suffer some degree of PTSD, and their numbers are steadily rising.

  • Women in (Iraq) are essentially closed out of political power and high rates of female unemployment and widowhood have further eroded their condition.

  • The war has been accompanied by erosions in civil liberties at home and human rights violations abroad.

  • The human and economic cost of the war will continue for decades, some costs not peaking until mid-century.

  • The ripple effects on the US economy have also been significant, including job loss and interest rate increases, and those effects have been under-appreciated.

  • During the US troop withdrawal from Iraq, President Obama said that the United States military was leaving behind a "sovereign, stable, and self-reliant Iraq." This was not only an inaccurate account of Iraq's situation at that time, but the country has since become less secure and politically stable. Although violence in Iraq has declined since its peak, there has been a steady increase in the number of attacks over the last year.

  • Serious and compelling alternatives to war were scarcely considered in the aftermath of 9/11 or in the discussion about war against Iraq. Some of those alternatives are still available to the US.


h/t to Jon Queally at Common Dreams for compiling some of the above list.

Also see the Reuters report for some additional info - Iraq war costs U.S. more than $2 trillion: study

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Also see - The Costs of Iraq and Afghanistan

Submitted by tnjp on April 14, 2013 - 4:49pm.

The Costs of Iraq and Afghanistan -
http://www.tnjp.org/The-Costs-of-Iraq-and-Afghanistan

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