As the token independent/socialist/green here (and I know I’m in for an a..kicking) I can’t think of anything the Obama Administration has done that has been as much of a measurable disaster as the Iraq occupation/invasion. Don’t feed me speculative statistics about the possible costs of Obamacare – there are quite a range of opinions about what it will cost or save us financially.
The most recent major report on these costs come from Brown University in the form of the Costs of War project, which said the total for wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan is at least $3.2-4 trillion. The report disavowed previous estimates of the Iraq War’s cost as being under $1 trillion, saying the Department of Defense’s direct spending on Iraq totaled at least $757.8 billion, but also highlighting the complementary costs at home, such as interest paid on the funds borrowed to finance the wars and a potential nearly $1 trillion in extra spending to care for veterans returning from combat through 2050.
That isn’t counting the cost in lives:
The table below summarizes various estimates of the Iraqi casualty figures.
|Iraq Family Health Survey||151,000 violent deaths||March 2003 to June 2006|
|Lancet survey||601,027 violent deaths out of 654,965 excess deaths||March 2003 to June 2006|
|Opinion Research Business survey||1,033,000 deaths as a result of the conflict||March 2003 to August 2007|
|Associated Press||110,600 deaths||March 2003 to April 2009|
|Iraq Body Count project||105,052 — 114,731 civilian deaths as a result of the conflict. Over 162,000 civilian and combatant deaths||March 2003 to January 2012|
|WikiLeaks. Classified Iraq war logs||109,032 deaths including 66,081 civilian deaths.||January 2004 to December 2009|
Iraq Coalition Military Fatalities By Year