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The decade-long (Iraq) effort cost $1.7 trillion, according to a study

Actually that estimated cost is way low. We need to factor in the continuing support of disabled veterans.

Did you know we still are paying some bennies for the civil war?

It discovered that the U.S. is still paying restitution for conflicts that began in the 19th century.

two elderly children of Civil War veterans in North Carolina and Tennessee. Though born in the 1920s and 1930s, the two recipients in question were fathered by Civil War veterans in their 70s and 80s (not an uncommon occurrence, especially in the veterans community). Those the two offspring still receive $876 a year in benefits. Such survivor payouts usually end by the time children turn 18, but those born with disabilities rendering them incapable of caring for themselves are covered for life.

Such is the case with 10 surviving children of veterans from the 1898 Spanish-American War. They're still awarded a combined $50,000 a year for their parents' service.

But that doesn't even come close to the compensation the U.S. pays out to Vietnam veterans, their families and families of those killed in action. That alone tops $22 billion a year

In NO WAY am I'm suggesting we don't owe this money to veterans. I expect the butcher's bill will be much higher for the Afghanistan & Iraq war especially as many served multiple tours of duty.

We enter war with amazingly speed & ease nowadays without thought about to cost & country knowledge rather from a knee jerk emotional response . We wanted to strike back. Well IMHO we struck back at the wrong country Iraq & became another in a long line of conquering countries made the error of an Afghanistan adventure. We can learn much by studying Israeli secret war against terrorism which is at least 40 years old.
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