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All War Is Costly—Do You Know Which Is the Most Expensive?

WIth President Bush signing the $162 billion war funding bill yesterday combined with the news that the US spends $720 million a day in Iraq, it seems like this war has to be the spendiest ever by a long way.

Well, not yet it's not, and it's got a long way to go before it eclipses the most expensive war the US has ever waged. The brilliant Libertarian-pegged mag Reason (which I just picked up and cannot put down) has the cost of every major US conflict, translated to modern dollars. Think you know how much of the treasury we blew through in the Civil War? Which was more expensive, the Korean War or Vietnam? The answers are fascinating, go test your mettle.


All War Is Costly—Do You Know Which Is the Most Expensive?

Which war was the least expensive?

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billyart101 billyart101 8 years
Interesting. I had no idea.
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
The Iraq war is the only war where we didn't raise taxes. In fact, we cut taxes. Where does all our money come from? China and Japan.
Bettyesque Bettyesque 9 years
Thanks stiletta! But I can look at my post from yesterday too I suppose :rotfl: I was just trying to bust chops .. its easy to put a link to the FULL STORY, but how many people actually take the time to click ;)
stiletta stiletta 9 years
Betty, I think the benefits were mentioned in the original story linked. It does provide context I think you're looking for. It's pretty fascinating.
Bettyesque Bettyesque 9 years
that are*
Bettyesque Bettyesque 9 years
Why don't we talk about the benefits to our Veterans that is included in that bill? :oy:
MartiniLush MartiniLush 9 years
This was really interesting - I only got 2 right! :-(
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