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Our rules have been updated and given their own forum. Go and look at them! They are nice, and there may be new ones that you didn't know about! Hooray for rules! Hooray for The System! Hooray for Conforming!
HISTORICAL COSTS OF U.S. WARS (In 2007 Dollars)
World War II $3.2 trillion
Iraq and Afghanistan To Date $695.7 billion
Vietnam War $670 billion
World War I $364 billion
Korean War $295 billion
Persian Gulf War $94 billion
Civil War (both Union and Confederate costs) $81 billion
Spanish-American War $7 billion
American Revolution $4 billion
Mexican War $2 billion
War of 1812 $1 billion
Source: Congressional Research Service and Office of Management and Budget data.
And that's adjusted for inflation! It simply boggles my mind how we could have spent so much money in Iraq and Afghanistan, and accomplished....what exactly? I'm not trying to turn this into a Bush-bashing rant, but I simply can't fathom how we could have funneled this much money into 2 conflicts, located in such a relatively small arena over, so short of a time span.
It's not like Vietnam where we were constantly dropping heavy ordnance, or that the Iraq war has lasted 16-some odd years (we hope), but damn man! 25.7 billion more? Does anyone have any idea where this money is going? Is this simply a side effect of having the most up-to-date equipment and weaponry which will therefore be more costly to maintain?