Sunday, January 4, 2015
Cost of Afghan War
"The True Cost of the Afghan War May Surprise You", Time.com, January 1, 2015. Thompson says there are different ways to calculate the cost of wars. For instance, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) says the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has cost us $1.6 trillion. He says a truer measure of the wars' total cost could come in at between $4 trillion and $6 trillion. A large part of his argument pins on the cost of long-term expenditures such as medical care for the injured, disability payments for the injured and wounded veterans, retirement payments and health insurance for the increased size of the military, social and economic costs, and costs of military equipment that may not have been bought (MRAPs, drones, etc.) if the wars were not fought.