How Much Is This Costing Us?

From Holden:

So, just how much is Chimpy’s vanity war costing us (beyond the incalculable costs in wounded, dead, and lost stature in the world)?

Here are a few factoids reported by the Christian Science Monitor:

By 2010, war expenses might total $600 billion, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

The cost of the US military in Iraq is running about $5 billion a month, estimated the former Pentagon comptroller earlier this year.

$270 billion for all military operations since 2001

As for all military operations combined, add in the $50 billion in war spending the Senate Armed Services Committee last week added to the fiscal 2006 defense budget bill, and the total will surpass $320 billion in US funds. “That’s close to the Korean war level of $350 billion [in today’s dollars],” says [Steven Kosiak, director of budget studies for the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments].

The Congressional Research Service pegs the cost of US operations in Iraq and Afghanistan at an additional $458 billion through 2014.