Two trillion dollars. That’s how much money the United States spent on a lie. And when the final numbers come in, it could be three times that amount.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. war in Iraq has cost $1.7 trillion with an additional $490 billion in benefits owed to war veterans, expenses that could grow to more than $6 trillion over the next four decades counting interest, a study released on Thursday said.
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, according to the Costs of War Project by the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University.
When security forces, insurgents, journalists and humanitarian workers were included, the war’s death toll rose to an estimated 176,000 to 189,000, the study said.
The catch is that this story is from March 2013. The final numbers weren’t really in then, so how much has it really cost?
Of course the true cost — lives, honor, and trust — can never be regained. But the next time you hear some jackass braying that we can’t afford to pay for health insurance, clean air, or education, tell them that $6 trillion was enough to pay for Bush and Cheney’s lies.