The Cost of conducting Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq
The war in Afghanistan will cost the same as providing a comprehensive health plan for all Americans.
Should we now believe that escalating the war will save more than 45,000 Americans a year, which is the number of Americans who die every year for lack of health insurance?
Each American soldier in Afghanistan costs at least $1 million per annum, according to the US Congress Research Service. Thirty thousand more US troops will thus cost $30 billion in additional war costs, on top of the $200 billion annual cost of garrisoning Iraq and Afghanistan–now the second most expensive wars in US history.
Much of this money will have to be borrowed from China and Japan.
Meanwhile, Washington has deferred the $1 trillion to-date-costs of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars by simply adding them to the national debt, and paying interest on the balance owing.
Few Americans feel the real financial costs of these present wars. Future generations will get stuck with the bill.