by Christopher Hellman
by Travis Sharp
TOTAL IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN SUPPLEMENTAL WAR FUNDING BY U.S. TO DATE
(Budget Authority in Billions of Dollars)
|Enhanced Base Security||13.0||8.0||3.7||2.1||0.8||0.4||0.5||0||28.5|
|SOURCE AND NOTES: Analysis of Congressional Research Service data. Budget authority totals include war-related funding for DOD, the State Department, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Enhanced Base Security signifies upgrades at U.S. military bases and other homeland security projects after September 11. FY03 subtotal of $81.2 billion includes $5.5 billion in funding that CRS cannot allocate. FY08 funding includes $16.8 billion for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles in the first FY08 continuing resolution and FY08 DOD Appropriations Bill.|
WAR COSTS IN PERSPECTIVEWith $872.6 billion, the cost of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan so far, the United States could fund…
…a year’s worth of health care for 117 million Americans ($7,439/person)
…one year of public elementary school for 116 million children ($7,500/child)
…four years of public university tuition for 35 million students ($6,185/student)
…145 billion mosquito nets to help stop malaria in the developing world ($6/net)
…4.6 billion laptops to promote literacy in the developing world ($188/laptop)
If you had an expense account that let you spend $1 million dollars per day…
…it would take 2,391 years to spend $872.6 billion, the cost of Iraq and Afghanistan so far.
The cost of Iraq and Afghanistan laid out end-to-end in $100 bills…
…would extend 846,157.6 miles – or just short of 34 times around the Earth’s circumference.
The conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have cost each American family of four $11,458.