The estimated cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as of October 24, 2011
©2011 National Priorities Project
President Barack Obama’s announcement of the United States’ earnest withdrawal from Iraq will mark the partial end of the longest period of military engagement in our nation’s history. The conflicts of President George W. Bush have been at a human cost of 1.1 American million troops and 4,400 military casualties in Iraq alone. With figures on the costs of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan ranging from as low as the $1.3 trillion, as reported above, to estimates as high as $4 trillion, the cost of warfare abroad has greatly impeded America’s abilities to meet its domestic obligations.
Since the start of the first American armed conflict where taxes were not raised on the rich, the taxing physical and monetary costs of our nation’s conflicts has become of paramount issue on both ends of the political and socioeconomic spectrums.
What’s been the impact of the wars on our society, for good or naught?
Join us for what is sure to be a hot discussion on the next edition of “We the Students”:
Tuesday, November 1st
9pm on UMTV
Channel 96 (Comcast, Coral Gables)
and streaming live @ umtv.miami.edu
Joey & Stephen
Executive Producers of WTS