Pricetag for post-9/11 wars: $1 trillion

Study says Congress has appropriated that amount for Iraq, Afghanistan -- not counting vets benefits

Published July 19, 2010 7:20PM (EDT)

U.S. Army tanks in Mosul, Iraq.
U.S. Army tanks in Mosul, Iraq.

The cost of America's post-9/11 wars around the world has soared to more than $1 trillion, according to a new congressional study, and that's not counting long-term costs like veterans benefits and interest on borrowed money.

The Congressional Research Service study, first posted by Secrecy News, looks strictly at congressional appropriations for the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other military operations in the Horn of Africa and elsewhere. The grand total for post-9/11 wars: $1.15 trillion, adjusted for inflation.

(Defense Secretary Bob Gates, by the way, is pressing Congress to approve another $33 billion in supplemental war funding.)

You can find the study here, and the appropriate clip from "Austin Powers" below.

By Justin Elliott

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