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War costs money*

*and it’s OUR money. Engaging Peace has offered a number of perspectives on the financial aspects of war. Some highlights… Continue reading

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$300 billion in social costs (Cost of war, Part 4)

[The final post in the series by guest author Neta Crawford] Now we come to the fourth reason our estimates for the dollar costs of these wars have been too low. Federal spending is not the entire cost of the … Continue reading

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Until the last soldiers come home (Cost of war, Part 3)

The third reason the official numbers are low is the tendency to focus on what has already been spent, forgetting future war-related obligations. But of course, paying for the wars will not end when the last soldiers come home… Continue reading

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“Give the military whatever they need and more” (Cost of war, Part 2)

First, there is a tendency to focus on what has been appropriated by Congress specifically for the war, with the consequence that the larger costs of war in Iraq are either missed or downplayed. Specifically, many tallies focus on Congressional appropriations to the Department of Defense for the Iraq war, most of which were authorized in special emergency or supplemental … Continue reading

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