We’ve resisted talking about Iraq pretty well on this blog, unlike the rest of the internet. Unfortunately we’re suckers for a pretty picture or two, so here’s a nice one showing how much the war has cost the US relative to other wars. Note that the numbers are all inflation adjusted.
So, despite the rising cost of military technology and waging war, it’s relatively cheaper to go to war now than ever before!
Of course, the dollar cost to the US of the war is only a fraction of the ‘true’ cost of waging war. It’d be interesting to see similar plots for the cost in lives of each war and the environmental harm caused. I wonder if modern ‘smart warfare’ has resulted in a lower total cost for warfare despite the rise in dollar cost. Perhaps someone with some knowledge of military stuff could enlighten us?