Three Trillion Dollar War The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict

ISBN-10: 0393334171
ISBN-13: 9780393334173
Edition: 2008
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Book details

List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/17/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

"This is a catalog [of costs] the Bush team never looked at. It's a catalog that they still don't want you to see."--James Galbraith America has already spent close to a trillion dollars on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but there are hundreds of billions of bills still due--including staggering costs to take care of the thousands of injured veterans, providing them with disability benefits and health care. In this sobering study, Nobel Prize winner Joseph E. Stiglitz and Harvard University's Linda J. Bilmes reveal a wide range of costs that have been hidden from U.S. taxpayers and left out of the debate about our involvement in Iraq. That involvement, the authors conservatively estimate, will cost us more than3 trillion. "Stiglitz and Bilmes have clearly demonstrated the need for Congress and the administration to ensure that those making sacrifices today will see those sacrifices honored in the future."--Dave W. Gorman, executive director, Disabled American Veterans

Joseph Stiglitz is professor of economics at Columbia University.

Linda J. Bilmes, of Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, is an expert in government finance. She is a former assistant secretary and chief financial officer of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Is It Really Three Trillion?
The Costs to the Nation's Budget
The True Cost of Caring for Our Veterans
Costs of War That the Government Doesn't Pay
The Macroeconomic Effects of the Conflicts
Global Consequences
Exiting Iraq
Learning from Our Mistakes: Reforms for the Future
Afterword
Appendices
President's Letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives on the Emergency Appropriations Act
Evolving DOD Web Sites for Operation Iraqi Freedom
On Methodologies
List of Commonly Used Acronyms
Notes
Index

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