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March 19, 2013 at 10:58 AM

The true costs of the Iraq War

At the 10 year anniversary of the Iraq War, how much did that misguided decision cost us?

Upwards of $1.6 trillion in direct spending, according to the Cost of War project. Compare that to the $50 to $60 billion the Bush Administration estimated as it beat the war drums in 2002.

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The big number – nearly $6 trillion – includes the costs of taking care of veterans. As the Associated Press’ Mike Baker, based in Olympia, reports today, the true costs will be paid for decades.

 

Future Veterans Administration costs

After bungling coverage of the case for war, journalists – at least 150 of them, plus 54 support staff – paid the ultimate price covering it.

An interesting side note: here is a chronology of The Seattle Times editorial board’s views leading up to the war. The board (long before I joined it) was consistently skeptical (“Where is the threat that gives urgency to the military mission?”), even after Secretary of State Colin Powell’s famous Feb. 5, 2003 speech to the United Nations (which he came to regret). ┬áThe editorial position shifted in favor of the war after 150,000 troops were massed on the border and war was imminent.

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