“Costs of War,” a research project just completed at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies, projects the price of our adventures in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan will reach 225,000 human lives and could top $4 trillion.

Reuters and other news outlets are giving the project’s findings, released yesterday, prominent play on the heels of Barack Obama’s citing of a fiscal cost of $1 trillion.

The study estimates deaths of Iraqi civilians alone at 125,000, and says as many as 258,000 human lives may already have been lost; 365,000 people wounded, and 7.8 million displaced.

The project’s directors are Neta C. Crawford, Professor of Political Science at Boston University, and Catherine Lutz, the Thomas J. Watson, Jr. Family Professor of Anthropology and International Studies at the Watson Institute for International Studies and Chair, Department of Anthropology at Brown University. Both are also prolific authors on issues of geopolitics and militarism.

The study results are here.

“How is Barack Obama’s Wall Street war economy working for you?”

– Alan Maki, Labor Organizer with the Midwest Casino Workers Organizing Council

This exhaustive research project seems to answer Maki’s question in no uncertain terms: It’s not working for anyone other than the military industrial complex, which Obama ultimately commands.

How much more blood and treasure must be lost before Democrats – and Republicans – abandon our warmongering duopolists and their shameless political front organizations parties?

– Anthony Noel
New Progressive Alliance (NPA)

(Note: Alan Maki serves on the NPA Steering Committee)

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