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CBO And The Pentagon Are LYING - New Brown University Report Pegs The Real Cost Of Current Wars At $4 TRILLION

Here are the relevant links for this story:

The Watson Institute of Brown University Report

Business Insider Built An Excellent 1-Page Slideshow From The Report

And a summary from Yahoo:


A report out of Brown University estimates that the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq--together with the counterinsurgency efforts in Pakistan--will, all told, cost $4 trillion and leave 225,000 dead, both civilians and soldiers.

The group of economists, anthropologists, lawyers, humanitarian personnel, and political scientists involved in the project estimated that the cost of caring for the veterans injured in the wars will reach $1 trillion in 30 or 40 years. In estimating the $4 trillion total, they did not take into account the $5.3 billion in reconstruction spending the government has promised Afghanistan, state and local contributions to veteran care, interest payments on war debt, or the costs of Medicare for veterans when they reach 65.

The Congressional Budget Office, meanwhile, has assessed the federal price tag for the wars at $1.8 trillion through 2021. The report says that is a gross underestimate, predicting that the government has already paid $2.3 trillion to $2.7 trillion.

More than 6,000 U.S. troops and 2,300 contractors have died since the wars began after Sept. 11. A staggering 550,000 disability claims have been filed with the VA as of 2010. Meanwhile, 137,000 civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq have died in the conflict. (Injuries among U.S. contractors have also not yet been made public, further complicating the calculations of cost.)  Nearly 8 million people have been displaced.


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The International Publishing House site gives the number of civilians killed in Iraq alone at over 1.3 million.
Where is this figure of ca 225,000 dead civilian Iraqis coming from?
The number is almost ten times too low IMHO.
Jun 30, 2011 at 5:27 PM | Unregistered CommenterMouser
Jun 30, 2011 at 11:23 PM | Unregistered CommenterTR
Even 137,000 is too much. It's already an incomprehensible number. Makes me sick.
Jul 13, 2011 at 11:52 AM | Unregistered CommenterETM
The fatalities are way off. A study by Johns-Hopkins and UK's Lancet had Iraq alone with over a million dead...and that was 3yrs ago. Not to mention thhe gift that keeps on giving...depleted uranium. US casualties are approx. 73k dead and many more wounded. RE http://www.alipac.us/ftopict-242474.html
Jul 13, 2011 at 12:46 PM | Unregistered Commenterrobertsgt40
I think that if each congressperson was allowed to vote for war only if they consented to being shot through the kneecap, we would have far fewer dead bodies to answer for. And far less debt and far more friends and far more trade.
Jul 14, 2011 at 4:32 AM | Unregistered CommenterHoward T. Lewis III
lol i kinda like that last proposal of shootin people n the knee to b able to got to war.
Jul 14, 2011 at 6:08 PM | Unregistered Commentertheciaiswatchnme
Obombya Regime Wants Changes to Arms Export Licensing Process… To Export More Arms


Oh, Just in Case You Fear the Debt Deal May Slow the Wars

Aug 2, 2011 at 11:32 AM | Unregistered CommenterLiberatedCitizen
Hunter S. Thompson willed his ashes to be blasted out of a huge cannon built for the event. Mr. Johnny Depp carried this out. Hunter had this done so he would not affect revenge from the grave against the majority of the American people he saw evolving into dumb beasts. The exact same swine who voted for Obama and do nothing to monitor the hell his policy decisions have forced on the innocent, world-wide. Phosphorus, depleted uranium, bomblets and exploding food-aid packages, and other lowest of the low anti-civilian measures cheat us all out of a respectable identity. Vote Dr. Ron Paul for president. Dump the Fed and screw the British back.
Aug 4, 2012 at 2:13 AM | Unregistered CommenterHoward T. Lewis III
Well over a million have died in Iraq-Source- Lancet and Johs-Hopkins University study. And that doesn't count the ongoing deaths(for eternity) attributed to depleted uranium. U-238 has a half shelf life of 4.468 Billion years(Wikipedia)
Dec 5, 2012 at 10:46 AM | Unregistered Commenterrobertsgt40

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