America’s Decade of War Has Cost Only $2.7 Trillion So Far

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The National Debt Clock is displayed on a building in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, April 19, 2011. U.S. President Barack Obama said today at a town hall meeting his proposal to cut federal government debt is a plan for shared prosperity through shared sacrifice and shared responsibility. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images Photo: Bloomberg/2011 Bloomberg

That's the number that twenty academics who took part in Brown University's "Cost of War" project came up with based not only on congressional war appropriations, but also things such as caring for wounded veterans. Extrapolated through 2020, the price tag will eventually reach up to $4.4 trillion, or even more if Tim Pawlenty gets his way and we stay in Afghanistan until the end of time. [MSNBC]