Thursday, May 17, 2018

Report: U.S. Has Spent $2.8 Trillion On Fighting Terrorism And Wars Since 9/11

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Wall Street Journal: U.S. Has Spent $2.8 Trillion on Terrorism Fight, Study Finds

Figure includes spending on wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria

WASHINGTON—The U.S. has spent as much as $2.8 trillion on the fight against terrorism since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, according to a study published Wednesday.

The report from the Washington-based Stimson Center think tank said the figure included spending on the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, in addition to homeland-security efforts and overseas programs. Spending on counterterrorism reached a peak of $260 billion in 2008, accounting for more than a fifth of the government’s discretionary budget.

The report said the U.S. lacked a system for accounting for spending on counterterrorism and that loopholes have increasingly allowed billions to be spent on items that shouldn’t qualify for emergency funding.

“The Stimson study group found a variety of weaknesses in definitions, tracking, and consistencies that limit accuracy and contribute to a lack of transparency regarding the current data,” the report said. “These weaknesses make it difficult to evaluate whether CT spending has been effective.”

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WNU editor: The report is here .... Counterterrorism Spending: Protecting America while Promoting Efficiencies and Accountability (Stimson)

More News On The Stimson Report

Here’s how much the US has spent fighting terrorism since 9/11 -- Defense News
How Much Has the US Spent to Fight Terror? Here’s a Guess -- Defense One
New report finds US spent $2.8 trillion on counterterrorism since 9/11 -- The Hill
Since 2002, U.S. has spent $2.8 trillion to fight terrorism: Report -- Washington Times
What the War on Terror Has Cost Since 9/11 -- The Fiscal Times


Bert Bert said...

The opportunity cost.

Anonymous said...

America doing what it does best, throw bags of money at the problem and blow s#$t up. The shining city on the hill at work.

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