War is hell and hellishly expensive | 5 trillion dollar war

US soldier search iraqi boyWe are living in an age of liquid war and the cost is also flowing exactly like liquid. Believe it or not, next week, the Iraq war enters its sixth year. As casualties mount, so do the bills. 

. Almost 4,000 U.S. soldiers killed and more than 60,000 wounded
. 700,000 Iraqis killed and 4 million refugees since march 2003 when this war started. 
. Now the Iraq war cost estimates run into the trillions.

In a recent interview, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz asserted that the costs of the Iraq war - budgetary, economic and societal - could reach US$5 trillion. That's a hard number to comprehend. In fact, the George W Bush administration's war costs have already moved beyond the human scale of comprehension. >> read details

Ironic fact is, Almost every dollar spent on the war is borrowed. Under the quick-withdrawal scenario, the Congressional Budget Office says, interest payments through 2017 will total $590 billion.

The cost of veterans' health care in the months and years ahead, which is growing. So far, at least 60,000 Iraq war veterans have been wounded or received mental health care. Each totally disabled veteran is eligible to receive $1.4 million in lifetime disability payments if he lives another 50 years. Estimates of the total cost range from $200 billion to $650 billion, a number put out by a group of physicians a few weeks ago. (credit)

The Iraq adventure has seriously weakened the U.S. economy, whose woes now go far beyond loose mortgage lending. You can't spend $3 trillion -- yes, $3 trillion -- on a failed war abroad and not feel the pain at home.

what i seriously don't get is: HOW on earth a huge proportion of US population still support a presidential candidate who is PRO-WAR? this is so insane. i mean are we totally out of mind? what really makes people so naive and ignorant!

what a joke that US continue to make the world more hostile and arrogantly continue with failed policies of war just to pretend to be more safe! can you help yourself not to experience the suffering of a world so ignorant of truth!
. cost of war
. how big is a trillion? its ten to the power twelve.
1000 (thousand) times 1000 (million) times 1000 (billion) times 1000 (trillion)
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. Joseph Stiglitz: The Three Trillion Dollar War
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