“War against Terrorism” To Exceed Cost of World War II

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The cost to the US of its military campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as the related military expenditure in Pakistan, is due to surpass 4 trillion dollars- three times more than the amount authorized so far by Congress in 10 years since 9/11. This staggering amount emerges from a recent study at the Ivy-league Brown University. If the study is correct, the conflicts that flowed after the 9/11 tragedy will not only be the longest in America’s history but also the most expensive. At 4 trillion dollars and counting, their combined expenditure is approaching that of World War II, put at around 4.1 trillion dollars in today’s price by Congressional Budget Office.

 

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