Tuesday is the 10-year anniversary of the Iraq war, a military exercise that cost 190,000 American and Iraqi lives and hit US taxpayers with a $2.2 trillion bill, according to a new study from Brown University. Interest could amount to $3.9 trillion through 2053, bringing the cost of war to almost $6 trillion.
In 2002, before the invasion, the US Office of Management and Budget predicted the war would costs less than one thirtieth of that - only $60 billion. In fact reconstruction in Iraq cost $60 billion alone, with billions of that being wasted or stolen by contractors.
The $2.2 trillion figure also includes care for veterans, and could rise to $3.9 trillion by 2053, according to Brown.
Of the 190,000 dead, around 134,000 were Iraqi civilians.
Was it worth it? The war's supporters would point out that Saddam Hussein was deposed and America now has diplomatic and economic relations with Iraq. On the negative side, Iraq is still unstable, and fully democratic elections are an unrealized dream. The country continues to suffer severe shortages and a medical crisis caused by the fact that half the country's doctors left during the 2000s, Reuters reports.