Here's a site that gives another level to the cost of war in Iraq as based on the premise that "All Men Are Created Equal" or some such nonsense, they have calculated all kinds of costs to Iraq and America. Interesting way of calculating costs.
$2.5 TRILLION – Accrual Cost of Bush War on Women & Children
A recent article in the highly respected humanitarian UK journal The New Statesman quoted an estimate of the accrual cost (i.e. the long-term committed cost) of the Bush War on Terror at $2.5 TRILLION – and the estimate came from 2001 Economics Nobel Laureate US Professor Stiglitz (Columbia) and Professor Linda Bilmes (Harvard).
A major long-term cost is due to the death and injury of US soldiers. Thus the article states that “for every soldier dying in Iraq or Afghanistan today, 16 are being wounded”; that “611,729 veterans from the first Gulf war are now receiving disability benefits; a large proportion are suffering from psychiatric illnesses, including post-traumatic stress disorder and depression”; and that “Bilmes and Stiglitz estimate the additional cost to the economy of the death of a young soldier - typically 25 years old - to be $6.5m”. A horrifying aspect of the New Statesman story was Veteran’s Administration (VA) reactions after Professor Bilmes went public: thus “the number of wounded listed on the VA website dropped from 50,508 to 21,649”. The Bush Administration has also evidently made VA economics expert Professor Bilmes persona non grata...........<snip>............. America has committed $2.5 trillion to killing 3.4 million Asians i.e. Bush America is saying it “was worth it” to spend $735,000 / head killing Asian men, women and children.
From the above WHO figures and taking the American Declaration of Independence at its word we can estimate that for the US to have paid out a US-style level of medical expenditure for its Iraqi and Afghan subjects (as indeed demanded by International Law) would have cost (1) 29.9 million x $5,688 / head per year x 5.5 years = $935 billion for Afghanistan (population 29.9 million) over 5.5 years and (2) 28.8 million x $5,647 / head per year x 4 years = $651 billion for Iraq (population 28.8 million), for a grand total of $1,586 billion NOT spent to keep 3.4 million people alive.
Bush America is saying “it was NOT worth it” spending $1,586 billion/3.4 million = $466,000 / head keeping its victims alive.
Of course how Bush America values Asians is given by the WHO statistics (2003 figures): $64 each per annum for Iraqis and $23 each per annum for Afghans i.e. it values Western Asian Arabs as $5711/$64 = 89 times LESS valuable than Americans but about 3 times MORE valuable than South Asians who in turn are valued as $5,711 / $23 = 248 times LESS valuable than Americans.
You're not going to like how it ends either- the costs come closer to home- your's and your childrens pockets. America is bankrupt now and in the future, but guess who gets to foot the bill?