Cost of U.S. War on Jihadists: $5.6 Trillion, 7,000 Deaths, 52,500 Injuries

The United States is expected to spend nearly $6 trillion through 2018 on government-wide costs related to the wars waged in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria since 2001, reveals a study by Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs.

According to Brown University’s Cost of War project analysis, authored by Neta Crawford, the total estimated cost of U.S. wars between 2001 and 2018 amounts to about $23,386 per individual American taxpayer, which is more than three times the amount ($7,740) calculated by the Pentagon.

The Pentagon’s study, dubbed the “Estimated Cost to Each Taxpayer for the Wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria,” places the total authorized war spending on those conflicts between 2001 and 2018 at $1.5 trillion.

A few nukes would have obviated most of that outlay.

  • Drunk by Noon ✓

    This is why we need clean nuclear weapons.

    • WalterBannon

      they are clean

      • Drunk by Noon ✓

        Fallout bad.
        Persistent radiation really bad.
        We need something like the hypothetical antimatter weapons.

        • Observer

          But we still have to dispose of existing bombs, so what better way than…

          • Drunk by Noon ✓

            Like car engines, we can burn them cleaner if we burn them hotter, but I still say there has to be a better way.
            We could always use VX. We would have to repudiate a few chem warfare treaties, but using them in the ME is probably more humane for our side.

  • Alain

    In spite of all that we continue allowing the same people to enter our countries. There must be a ban on all Muslims.

  • The Buddhist Butterfly

    Islam is a cancer upon humanity.

    • WalterBannon

      Islam is a cancer upon the whole universe

      we should eliminate it before aliens decide they have to wipe out our whole planet

  • Waste of money and lives to do things halfheartedly. In war, you must fight to win, otherwise what’s the use.

  • BarryOddessy

    Dodgy arithmetic a standing Army, Navy and Airforce costs a lot per year war or not, add a war and it costs a bit more. Seperate the standing costs and determine the actual war costs and the story might have a bit of credence. Carrier Groups sail the seas all the time and launch and recover aircraft all the time. It is only a war cost if the fly extra missions do extra patrols or expend extra ammunition.

    • vwVwwVwv

      How much is the price for 1 US soldiers life, let’s say your son’s?
      May your son be allways safe, if you have one.
      I think we both know the answer.

      • BarryOddessy

        My eldest son is lining up for his second deployment. This is not the point, the article claimed erroneously that the cost of the Wars in the Middle East was in the Trillions, I ponted out this was literally a lie as there is a substantial cost in maintaining a Defence Force and a war costs little extra. I did not venture into the human cost at all. My son is not a conscript and I am not aware of any other than volunteers who are being deployed.

        • vwVwwVwv

          May he allways be victoriouse, safe and live a long life of success.
          You are absolutely right, no doubt, but i fought in 3 wars, all
          under different banners and only. once under my own.

          It’s the human cost that makes me wonder why they don’t define
          what victory is and understand that you fight war against
          people not against their warriors of some kind.

          The so called insurgency is only the fist of the Enemy but punching
          the fist is not really smart In box fight, if you understand
          my clumsy explanation.

          They are waisting life’s and this is unforgivable, what was the
          gain in Iraq and Afganistan, the people are not beaten
          and they have no fear to produce more
          insurgents, terrorists, Taliban,
          you name it…

    • WalterBannon

      boots on the ground are a waste of money when you have nukes

  • Hard Little Machine

    Cost benefit dictates neutron bombs.

  • J. C.

    The costs would’ve been much lower if Bush Jr. and Obammy had allowed the soldiers to do the job right from the beginning…

  • WalterBannon
  • Lichdar

    That’s a lot of poutine that could have been made for the world with that money.