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      NETA CRAWFORD: The costs, I think, could be put into basically three baskets. The first is the short-term budgetary costs. Second are the immediate human toll, which you’ve just mentioned: about 190,000 people killed, and then there are many wounded. And then there’s the long-term economic consequences.

      Just think about the budgetary costs. The Bush administration told us that the war would be, oh, maybe $50, $60 billion. And the person, Lawrence Lindsey, who gave a higher estimate of $100 to $200 billion, was told to find other work. So, what we see now is the cost of the Iraq War is $1.7 trillion so far, and into the future more like $2.1 trillion, including those long-term benefits for veterans’ care. So that’s in the one basket.

      And in the second basket, the human toll, that 130,000 or so civilians actually is probably an undercount, maybe by a factor of two, because what’s recorded is what Iraq Body Count notes—they keep a tally of press reports and official releases of civilian casualties—but we know that the Iraqi Ministry of Health and the morgues have been told not to release all the war’s dead. And then, many people are wounded, of course. The wounded are probably in a one-to-one—at least a one-to-one ratio in Iraq, so 130,000 or maybe many more than that seriously wounded.

      And then, if you think about the long-term costs, we can get into that, but they’re substantial, as well.

      The Costs of War: 10 Years After Iraq Invasion, New Study Tallies the Massive Human, Financial Toll

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