Wednesday, June 29, 2011

War is expensive, part 2.

U.S. cost of war at least $3.7 trillion and counting | Reuters

For every person killed on September 11, another 73 have been killed since.

Astounding... I think it's fair to say America has overreacted a little bit.  That is only a rough (low) estimate since the Pentagon doesn't make official death toll announcements for Afghan and Iraqi civilians.  Or indirect dying as a result of PTSD, illness, or other trauma.

The report underlines the extent to which war will continue to stretch the U.S. federal budget, which is already on an unsustainable course due to an aging American population and skyrocketing healthcare costs.

Again, 3.7 trillion is given as a conservative estimate.  That will go higher if America doesn't get out of the war business.  It is time to reevaluate our priorities and end the culture of armed conflict.

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