A truer measure of the wars’ total costs pegs them at between $4 trillion and $6 trillion, this includes “long-term medical care and disability compensation for service members, veterans and families”
George W. Bush Administration, for example, forced Lawrence Lindsey to resign as head of its National Economic Council shortly before the 2003 invasion of Iraq, after he said the cost of a war with Iraq might reach $200 billion.
And after the war—especially when victory is MIA—toting up the bottom line is just too depressing.
Here is what it bought
Government figures show 2014 was the most violent year for Iraqis since 2007, with more than 15,000 people killed.
Iraq Body Count, a Britain-based NGO that tracks violence in the country, gave an even higher toll, saying that 17,073 civilians were killed
"2014 has seen the highest number of causalities since the violence in 2006-2007. This is a very sad state of affairs.".