The Cost of War in Iraq: Numbers That Add Up

“Well, Senator, again, I have advocated conditions-based reductions, not a timetable. War is not a linear phenomenon. It’s a calculus, not arithmetic.”
– General David Petraeus, Senate Armed Services Committee Hearing, 4/8/08

The cost of the war in Iraq in numbers that add up:

· U.S. troops killed: 4,017
[Defense Department, 4/8/08]

· U.S. troops wounded: 29,676
[Defense Department, 4/8/08]

· U.S. troops deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since September 2001: Nearly 1.7 million
[Defense Department, 2/29/08]

· U.S. troops deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan more than once: More than 599,000
[Defense Department, 2/29/08]

· U.S. servicemembers deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan who have children: 782,000
[Defense Department, 2/29/08]

o Percentage of these troops who have been deployed more than once: 40
[Defense Department, 2/29/08]

· Percent of current and former military officers who believe the Iraq war has “stretched the U.S. military dangerously thin:” 88%
[Foreign Policy/Center for New American Security, 2/19/08]

o Percent of these officers who say the U.S. military is weaker than it was five years ago: 60% [Foreign Policy/Center for New American Security, 2/19/08]

· Percent of U.S. troops that have served in Iraq or Afghanistan at risk for post-traumatic stress disorder (P.T.S.D.): 20%
[USA Today, 3/6/08]

· Amount the United States is spending on the war in Iraq every month: $10.3 billion
[Congressional Research Service, 2/22/08]

The Cost of Iraq War Broken Down

Second: $3,919
Minute: $235,160
Hour: $14.1 million
Day: $338.6 million
Week: $2.4 billion
Month: $10.3 billion
Year: $123.6 billion

[Congressional Research Service, 2/22/08]

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