The President of the United States has told the American people and the rest of the world that even as the U.S. withdraws some troops from Afghanistan and continues to withdraw from Iraq, the wars will continue for some years. The debate over why each war was begun and whether either or both should have been fought continues.
What we do know, without debate, is that the wars begun ten years ago
have been tremendously painful for millions of people in Afghanistan,
Iraq, and Pakistan, and the United States, and economically costly as
well. Each additional month and year of war will add to that toll. To
date, however, there has been no comprehensive accounting of the costs
of the United States’ wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan. The goal
of the Costs of War project has been to outline a broad understanding of
the domestic and international costs and consequences of those wars.
The Eisenhower Research Project based at Brown University assembled a
team that includes economists, anthropologists, political scientists,
legal experts, and a physician to do this analysis.