America’s “Global War On Terror” Has Cost US Taxpayers Over $5.6 Trillion… And Counting

  • The Costs of War Project at Brown University’s Watson Institute estimated that $5.6 trillion taxpayer dollars have gone into America’s War on Terror from 2001-2018, an average of $23,386 per taxpayer.
  • The hugely profitable interlocking structure of the Pentagon, DHS, myriad intelligence agencies and “warrior corporations” has cemented it’s influence over fiscal policy.
  • America’s never-ending 21st-century conflicts were triggered by the decision of George W. Bush and his top officials to proclaim a “Global War on Terror” like no other imperial power had ever done.

Tom Engelhardt from The Nation writes:

This essay is the introduction to Tom Engelhardt’s new book, A Nation Unmade by War, a Dispatch Book published by Haymarket Books.

As I was putting the finishing touches on my new book, the Costs of War Project at Brown University’s Watson Institute published an estimate of the taxpayer dollars that will have gone into America’s War on Terror from September 12, 2001, through fiscal year 2018. That figure: a cool $5.6 trillion (including the future costs of caring for our war vets). On average, that’s at least $23,386 per taxpayer.

Keep in mind that such figures, however eye-popping, are only the dollar costs of our wars. They don’t, for instance, include the psychic costs to the Americans mangled in one way or another in those never-ending conflicts. They don’t include the costs to this country’s infrastructure, which has been crumbling while taxpayer dollars flow copiously and in a remarkably—in these years, almost uniquely—bipartisan fashion into what’s still laughably called “national security.” That’s not, of course, what would make most of us more secure, but what would make them—the denizens of the national-security state—ever more secure in Washington and elsewhere. We’re talking about the Pentagon, the Department of Homeland Security, the US nuclear complex, and the rest of that state-within-a-state, including its many intelligence agencies and the warrior corporations that have, by now, been fused into that vast and vastly profitable interlocking structure…”

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