Russian invasion rearranges West’s calculations on cost of war
WASHINGTON (AP) — Shortly after the end of 20 years of war, President Joe Biden now finds the United States entrenched in a conflict in Ukraine, even without sending American troops, which could have a deeper effect on a larger cross section of Americans than Afghanistan or Iraq ever did.
The fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq cost the lives of more than 6,900 American soldiers and more than 7,500 American contractors, and American expenditure exceeded $2.3 trillion. But these wars had little impact on how the vast majority of Americans lived their daily lives. It was a 20-year period when people experienced both the Great Recession and America’s longest economic expansion, touchstones that were little influenced by the two crushing conflicts.