A Decade of US War Costs - by Stephen Lendman
On June 29, Reuters writer Daniel Trotta headlined, "Cost of war at least $3.7 trillion and counting," explaining:
In June, when Obama claimed America's post-9/11 (Iraq/AfPak) wars cost $1 trillion, he did what he does best - lied about how much, in fact, was spent and projected, five or more times his figure.
According to a June Brown University Watson Institute for International Studies (WIIS) "Cost of War" report, up to $5,444 trillion was spent and projected with all related expenses and obligations included. More on that below.
In March, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) made its own estimate in an Amy Belasco report titled, "The Cost of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Global War on Terror Operations Since 9/11," saying:
Post-9/11, America "initiated three military operations:"
(1) Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) in:
-- Afghanistan (OEF-A), combined with an undeclared Pakistan one; as well as small Global Wars on Terror (GWOT) in
-- the Philippines (OEF-P);
-- Horn of Africa (OEF-HOA);
-- Pankisi Gorge (near Russia, completed in 2004);
-- Trans Sahara (OEF-TS, in 10 North and Sub-Saharan African countries);
-- Caribbean/Central American (OEF-CCA) ones; and
-- Kyrgyzstan (completed in 2004).
(2) Operation Noble Eagle (ONE) for military operations related to homeland and base security, including mobilizing National Guard troops to protect military installations, airports, power plants, port facilities, and other vital infrastructure.
(3) Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), renamed Operation New Dawn in September 2010.