View Full Version : The Cost of the War in Iraq [Running THread]

Saturday, November 20th, 2004, 04:29 AM
Cool site showing cost of Iraqi war to US both in actual dollars and in opportunity cost. Doesn't show political or moral costs.


Saturday, November 20th, 2004, 04:48 AM
that's great news

Saturday, November 20th, 2004, 05:59 AM
The Cost of the War in Iraq making it harder for the cost of living in America plain and simple.:)

Dr. Solar Wolff
Saturday, November 20th, 2004, 08:37 AM
The cost is obscene. This is compounded by the obscene results for which America has spent its money.

The Blond Beast
Saturday, November 20th, 2004, 10:41 AM
Then there is that pesky little issue of an estimated 100 000 Iraqi civilian deaths...

Saturday, November 20th, 2004, 02:36 PM
Add to that the countless dead and mutilated young men and women of the armed forces; http://icasualties.org/oif/

Just for comparison--

Here are some stats of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan:

The deployment of the 40th Soviet Army (over 100,000 ground troops). With air support, logistics, MVD troops, and other miscellaneous troops, the total number is estimated by some observers at approximately 175,000 troops total. This represented almost 20% of the category 1 (front-line) divisions possessed by the Soviet Union at the time.
There was wide-spread use of chemical weapons behind the front lines by the Soviet Union. This was accepted practice for Soviet military units as reported by Soviet military journals.
More than 20 million anti-personnel mines were dropped by the Soviet Union. Some of these anti-personnel mines were shaped like pens, or dolls, or other shiny trinkets, known as 'dolly bombs', intended for children to attempt to pick up.
Soviet costs (in 1986 dollars) were approximately $20 Billion USD / yr.

Approximately 90,000 Afghan combatants killed (mujahadeen and government), and 90,000 wounded. Including civilian casualities, estimates are that 10% of the total population and 13.5% of the male population was killed, 1.5 million killed overall.
Approximately 22,000 Soviets were killed and 75,000 wounded.
Approximately 6 million refugees were driven into surrounding countries.
Damages of approximately $50 Billion USD to Afghanistan, about 1/3 to 1/2 the net worth of the country.
Agricultural production reduced by 50%, livestock losses of 50%.
70% of paved roads destroyed.
Of 15,000 villages in the country, 5,000 were destroyed outright or made economically unsupportable by destruction of all economic resources such as fields, wells or roads.

Anything look familiar?

Sunday, November 21st, 2004, 03:21 AM
Yeah the civilian casualties are terrible and atrocious. The problem is this is a new type of war to speak unlike alot of old wars who you knew your enemy was the enemies of today can be anyone. Though this type of war is not all that new , in Vietnam we see the first examples of civilian looking enemies children with bombs on them killing marines. However this by no means exscuses the death of women and children in Iraq I think it is sad that such innocence die.:|

Wednesday, January 11th, 2006, 02:29 AM
A Reuters news report says that two professors, one from Harvard and one from Columbia, said that the Iraq War will cost American taxpayers over $2 TRILLION dollars (that's right - trillion or a thousand billion).


Here's what the U.S. spends on these programs:

- 69 billion total on Education

- 259 billion total on Health

- 293 billion total on Medicare

- 516 billion total on Social Security for tens of millions of American retirees and disabled.

I don't think that they're taking into consideration the hatred that the U.S. is causing against itself from other countries and the attacks against America that will surely follow in the years to come - which will add even more to the cost.

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006, 09:56 PM
The War in Iraq Costs $ 242,617,080,678 - and the spending of money is still going on.

See the cost in your community (http://nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182)!

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006, 10:35 PM
$242,613,719,557 it is with me. Either it has shrunk or this is *yet another spoof* :rolleyes:

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006, 11:00 PM
Depressing :doh

Saturday, September 1st, 2007, 07:20 PM
In a few weeks, Gen. David Petraeus and the Bush administration will report to Congress on the progress of the U.S. military's troop surge in Iraq.
But some of the war's winners are already clear: military contractors who supply everything from bodyguards to bombs, clean socks to ready-to-eat meals. "For the companies involved, this has been a real gravy train," says William Hartung, who tracks defense spending for the New America Foundation (http://forums.skadi.net/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.newa merica.net%2F).
The White House has proposed military spending of $647 billion in 2008. Adjusted for inflation, that would be the highest level since World War II -- topping even expenditures during Vietnam and the Reagan years, calculates Hartung. The current request for Iraq-related spending for 2008 is $116 billion, which would raise total Iraq war spending to $567 billion.
Who's getting all that money? Sometimes it can be difficult to tell. "There isn't good visibility on where the money goes," says Steven Kosiak of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (http://forums.skadi.net/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.csba online.org%2F2006-1%2Findex.shtml). But you can get a snapshot of who's been getting a good chunk of the Iraq-related spending in two ways...

http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/Investing/CompanyFocus/WhosProfitingFromTheIraqWar.aspx?gt1=103 28 (http://forums.skadi.net/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Farticles .moneycentral.msn.com%2FInvesting%2FComp anyFocus%2FWhosProfitingFromTheIraqWar.a spx%3Fgt1%3D10328)

Saturday, September 1st, 2007, 07:58 PM
I'm sure it's just a coincidence that Halliburton - which was ran by Dick Cheney prior to his becoming vice-president - has profited the most from the war in Iraq.:rolleyes:

Btw, the US is preparing to open its new colonial capitol..um, I mean embassy, in Baghdad. It covers 104 acres & cost $600 million. Instead of hiring local Iraqis to build the embassy, Filipinos workers were tricked into coming to Baghdad to construct the embassy. And still, Dubya doesn't have a clue as to why the US is so unpopular over there.