“The Cost of Fighting ISIS Compared to Iraq and Afghanistan”


This is an interesting graph from Statista just to grasp the budgetary enormity of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the drastic (I would argue way too premature) of drawdown in the focus and expenditures in Iraq that began in earnest in 2008, resulting in the power vacuum that led to the rise of ISIS. This is to say nothing of the lack of wisdom involved in the original Iraq invasion, but one should not double down on foolishness and compound mistakes. The budget and focus on ISIS will necessarily grow in the near future, and the fight and focus on radical jihadist terror, be it directed against ISIS or whatever group takes their mantle, will be decades in coming.

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