More than 312,000 civilians have been killed in America’s War on Terror— more than one hundred times the number of civilian deaths in 9/11.
The current estimated cost of America’s War on Terror is $6.4 trillion or roughly $23,000 per U.S. taxpayer. The financial price tag for One World Trade Center was $3.9 billion. However, for the same price as the War on Terror, the US could have over 1,500 One World Trade Center buildings— thirty per U.S. state. Perhaps it is best to conceptualize $6.4 trillion in terms of a more basic measurement: the characteristics of the actual, physical dollar notes. A US bank note is 6.14 inches long. You could take a $10,000 “brick” of $100 bills and place each brick end to end, lengthwise and cover the entire 6,917-mile distance from Washington, D.C., to Kabul, Afghanistan—a distance that would span the Atlantic Ocean—across Spain, France, Italy; across the Adriatic Sea; across Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Turkey, and the Black Sea; across Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran, the Caspian Sea; across Turkmenistan and nearly all of Afghanistan—from west to east—to arrive in Kabul.
But that’s not all. You could take this trip more than once. In fact, you could line the nearly seven-thousand-mile route with $10,000 bricks of money roughly nine lengths—more than four round trips or travel around the circumference of the Earth nearly 2.5 times.
Alternatively, you could create a string of single $100 bills lengthwise and take nearly 12 round trips to the moon or you could string $10 bills together lengthwise and go from Earth to Mars. Or you could string $1 bills together lengthwise and easily go from Earth to Jupiter.
“Un-American: A Soldier’s Reckoning of Our Longest War” by @EdstromErik https://t.co/oUmgftaPpw