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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Assessing The Full Cost Of War

U.S. Marines help a wounded comrade onto a Black Hawk helicopter, left, during a medevac mission by the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne's Task Force Pegasus, in 2010.  (AP)

U.S. Marines help a wounded comrade onto a Black Hawk helicopter, left, during a medevac mission by the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne's Task Force Pegasus, in 2010. (AP)

After the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the U.S. launched a “war on terror.” U.S. troops entered Afghanistan, then Iraq. These wars still continue.

A team of academics from around the country joined Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies to tally the cost of these wars. They estimate: $2.5 trillion as of today, but that figure could climb to nearly $4 trillion. The group also calculated the human and social costs, both in lives lost and the cost of caring for the nearly 100,000 wounded service members.

Guest:

  • Catherine Lutz, Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies and co-director of the study, “The Costs of War

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  • http://gregorycamp.wordpress.com/ Greg Camp

    Iraqis and Afghanis would have saved themselves these costs if they had taken responsibility to remove their odious leaders, rather than leaving us the job.

  • http://gregorycamp.wordpress.com/ Greg Camp

    This discussion needs to consider what the cost would be for not acting.  What is the cost of allowing a nation to harbor terrorists?  What is the cost of allowing nations to maintain thug leaders and festering mobs of their supporters?

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