The Pentagon reported each taxpayer has contributed $7,740 to the war on terrorism since September 11. But the Watson Institute report reveals it has actually cost $23,000 per taxpayer since 2001 to carry on terrorism campaigns in distant lands. According to the Department of Defense, the money is expended to maintain U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, decimate ISIS via air attacks in Syria and Iraq, as well as execute drone campaigns against militants in Pakistan.
However, one thing is clear when examining these war efforts: the U.S. taxpayer bears the burden for executing them.
Neta Crawford, author of the Watson Institute report, disclosed that costs of executing war campaigns are more than financial expenses. She added war costs are much more than economic budgets, and that there are always consequences for executing war campaigns. She said that more than calculating the financial costs of war campaigns, the totality of consequences should be incorporated.
The resources budgeted for war on terrorism are not only expended by the Pentagon. These are also finances spent by the State Department, Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Department of Homeland Security.
The Report Did Not Include War Costs Outside of ISIS Countries
The total taxpayer costs may also include money given out to US allies who support the war against extremism. It also includes money budgeted for caring for wounded soldiers who prosecuted the war efforts in distant lands. The US mostly shoulders coalition efforts with allies such as Romania, Hungary, Croatia, Poland and Georgia and others in Eastern Europe.
It should be pointed out that the Watson Institute report did not include data on war costs in Egypt, Tunisia and the Philippines -- countries in which ISIS is not operative.