U.S. Wars Leave 225,000 Dead, Cost $4.4 Trillion
Since the US launched their war on terrorism, after the September 11 2001 attacks, a new study shows that 225,000 are dead, and cost up to $4.4 trillion. This study was published by Brown University and focused on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and counter-terrorism campaigns in Pakistan and Yemen, which came in the wake of the 9/11 attacks on the United States.
The authors of the report say that governments almost always go to war underestimating the potential duration and costs of a conflict while overestimating “the political objectives that can be accomplished by the use of brute force.”
The rough estimate says that about 225,000 people killed and 365,000 wounded in the wars so far. The number of soldiers killed comes to 31,741, including about 6,000 Americans, 1,200 allied troops, 9,900 Iraqis, 8,800 Afghans, 3,500 Pakistanis as well as 2,300 U.S. private security contractors.
But the civilian toll is so much higher. It is estimated that 172,000 were killed including about 125,000 Iraqis, 35,000 Pakistanis and 12,000 Afghans. The study did admit though that coming up with the true estimate of the number of dead was difficult, particularly the toll for insurgents, putting the number at between 20,000 to 51,000 insurgents killed.
Among the dead were 168 reporters and 266 humanitarian workers were among the dead since the United States launched its “war on terror” after 9/11. Not to mention the fact that there is also a huge number of refugees and displaced people, possibly numbering more than 7.8 million. The estimated cost of these wars is about $3.7 trillion, which is up to $4.4 trillion which represents about a quarter of the country’s current debt.
The group of researchers came up with this figure after examining data from the Pentagon, as they included spending by the Department of Homeland Security to counter terrorist threats, government projections for spending on wounded veterans through 2051 and war-related funds from the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Yet the Administration is trying to make us believe the cost is only $1 trillion.
“Our estimate is larger because we include more than the direct Pentagon appropriation for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the larger global war on terror,” said the study. “Wars always cost more than what the Pentagon spends for the duration of the combat operation.”