These costs are adds, results of the policies of extremely quickly abandoning, with 70%plus public and media support, the missions and those sent to accomplish after 9/11, to the still Unpaid for long Wars/Occupations of OEF/OIF, initiating the growth and spread of the blowback from! Added to the, DeJa-Vu, lack of Sacrifice by those served, previous decades and ignored or out right denied issues of those wars and continuing with these conflicts, as to their Responsibility the Veterans Administration! Grossly underfunded and never built as promised thus causing costly conservative media hyped 'scandals' meaning more borrowing, with interest, of the grossly under funded budgets approved by the peoples congresses!!
Releasing a detailed breakdown of the costs for the first time, the Defense Department showed that the Air Force has borne two-thirds of the total spending, or more than $1.8 billion. The daily combat, reconnaissance and other flights eat up more than $5 million a day.
The data also provided a rare look into the often secret special operations costs, which totaled more than $200 million since August.
The release of the spending totals came as Congress debated and rejected legislation Thursday that would have banned spending on the combat operations until lawmakers passed a new war powers resolution. read more>>>
Meanwhile: While the cheney/bush war, off the books and all borrowed, and with no-bid corporate contracts, conservative congressional rubber stampers, and FOX speak parrots, continue attacking CiC/Military policies as to ISIL: House Rejects Democrats' Efforts To Authorize War Against Islamic State!!
We also get a reality check to the, rovian revisionist, Rumsfeld rewrite of history: Building the Spin Ahead of the Brit 'Iraq War Inquiry' Public Release with this: Rumsfeld: 'Unrealistic' for Bush to try to build democracy in Iraq
06/09/15 - "Rumsfeld served as Bush’s first Defense secretary, heading the Pentagon during the beginning of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. One of his main responsibilities was developing the wars' plans and publicly touting the strategies.
“This was the man stoking the fires for going into Iraq on the day of 9/11,” veteran journalist Bob Woodward said Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
“He was the chief spokesman and agitator that we don’t just do Afghanistan, where bin Laden was, but we are going to do Iraq. He was pushing it and kind of sandpapered the whole war plan down.” read more>>>
22 December 2014 - The ACLU and Human Rights Watch say the offences amount to ‘a vast criminal conspiracy’ and are ‘shocking and corrosive’ to US democracy and credibility read more>>>
The Royal United Services Institute said the UK could face a bill of nearly £65bn, once the cost of long-term care for injured veterans was factored in, with most of the money was spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The study, called Wars in Peace, said both conflicts were largely “strategic failures” for the UK, The Guardian reported."
"And when you add up to the Department of Defense, Department of State, CIA, Veterans Affairs, interest on debt, the number that strikes me the most about how much we're committed financially to these wars and to our current policies is we have spent $250 billion already just on interest payments on the debt we've incurred for the Iraq and Afghan wars." 26 September 2014
December 22 2014 - American taxpayers have shelled out roughly $1.6 trillion on war spending since 9/11, according to a new report from Congress’ nonpartisan research arm. That’s roughly $337 million a day -- or nearly a quarter million dollars a minute -- every single day for 13 years. read more>>>
Chris Hayes MSNBC: "If you can run a deficit to go to war, you can run a deficit to take care of the people who fought it" In response to Republican opposition to expanding Veterans' benefits on fiscal grounds
Neither of these recent wars have yet been paid for, let alone the results from, including the long ignored or outright denied existence of, till this Administrations Cabinet and Gen Shinseki, only Government branch consistent for the past six years, issues! As well as under deficits most of the, grossly under funded, VA budget is still borrowed thus added, problem creating, costs that shouldn't exist!