A great graphic that puts the annual cost of the Iraq War in perspective. It’s a little out-dated now, but it still holds true.
This is a fascinating chart, although I’m afraid it might mislead some people to thinking the Iraq War isn’t costing too much in comparison to previous wars. When you consider that WWII involved waging full-scale air, sea, and land campaigns in Europe and Asia, spending billions on a conflict in one country against a people with improvised explosive devises seems like a lot less of a bargain. Not to mention that at least all that money we spent on WWII got us a solid victory in 5 years while it’s gotten us pretty much nowhere in Iraq. More relevant, I think, is how this chart shows that we’re about to eclipse spending in Vietnam about three years ahead of schedule, and also like Vietnam, there’s no end in sight.
Don’t forget the War on Drugs: at least $45 billion a year!