The Iraq war: 10 years and $6 trillion — what else could have been done?

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 In case you were wondering, the price tag for the war in Iraq could eventually top $6 trillion.

Tuesday marks the 10th anniversary of the U.S. invasion, occupation and slugfest of Iraq, which, lest we forget, was begun in the name of protecting us from weapons of mass destruction that never existed.

A study by Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies finds that the war has cost $1.7 trillion so far, with an additional $490 billion in benefits owed to war veterans.

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Those costs could grow to more than $6 trillion over the next 40 years, the report concluded.

The war has killed at least 134,000 Iraqi civilians and may have contributed to the deaths of as many as four times that number. Factoring in security forces, insurgents, journalists and aid workers, the death toll rises to an estimated 176,000 to 189,000.

For the complete Los Angeles Times story, go here.

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  • Block Watcher

    A lot of US lives and a lot of money. I am sure the royal family of Saudi Arabia and the oil industry appreciates the sacrifices made for them.

  • Sam Kuraishi

    My article on the 10th anniversary of the Iraq warin Iraq is more detailed than yours.
    I am an Iraqi American writer and journalist. I wrote this article to show detailed figures of the lost the war
    Sam Kuraishi

  • Matt

    I’m glad you focused on the numbers. It’s not that many in comparison. An April 1945 air raid over Tokyo Japan cost close to or over 200,000 lives. Three says of fire bombing. Two more raids that dropped the a- bombs killed a total of 225,000 to 275,000. All civilians. Saving some four million American and allied soldiers from wounds and death and the complete eradication of a race of people. That war was justified because of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Yet an attack on a civilian building with the loss of some 4,000 men and women is no longer a justified reason to go to war? Of that 176,000 how many we’re American soldiers? Less than 4,000 in two invasions. Way to repot the truth and way to support AMerica and the men and women who defend it and sacrifice for it. Way to go mr. Numbers.