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    Cost of American Wars in adjusted 2007 dollar amounts...

    HISTORICAL COSTS OF U.S. WARS (In 2007 Dollars):

    World War II $3.2 trillion
    Iraq and Afghanistan To Date $695.7 billion
    Vietnam War $670 billion
    World War I $364 billion
    Korean War $295 billion
    Persian Gulf War $94 billion
    Civil War (both Union and Confederate costs) $81 billion
    Spanish-American War $7 billion
    American Revolution $4 billion
    Mexican War $2 billion
    War of 1812 $1 billion

    Source: Congressional Research Service and Office of Management and Budget data.

    http://www.armscontrolcenter.org/pol...cal_war_costs/

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    Some of the wars were necessary but to those that needn't have been fought - well just imagine the amount of beer you could buy with that!

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    Another point to prove just how wasteful the current war is. At least WWII was necessary.

    It is surprising that the war of 1812 was the cheapest though, seems like the affected the entire US. Does that include the cost to the British/Canadians as well?
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    Honestly... WWII was not necessary for US involvement if you were to listen to the average European now.

    I'd rather it would have been that way.

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    it's sad to think that those money were used for killings.

    The world would be so advanced by now if not because of wars

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    Wars advance technology in leaps and bounds. A smart bomb uses a ton of R&D that ends up being included into technology that you and I use.

    However... the same can be said for NASA and other organizations as such too.

    But war... we get a lot of our tech from that field of research.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gerbick
    Honestly... WWII was not necessary for US involvement if you were to listen to the average European now.

    I'd rather it would have been that way.
    Hah. Well. We probably wouldn't hear anything from them now if it had been that way.

    I'd be interested to see how much money all the other nations of the world have contributed to ridding the planet of dictators and tyrants.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlashLackey
    ...ridding the planet of dictators and tyrants.
    Yes, or creating them.

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    Absolutely, some of them have helped to create a number of them. Just look at Hussein recently with France, China, Russia and the UN funneling the cash and/or weapons in.
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    Wars advance technology in leaps and bounds. A smart bomb uses a ton of R&D that ends up being included into technology that you and I use.
    - Utter rubbish ! Any advancement in technolgy for killing people is something we can do without and dangerous for society ! Look at the nuclear mess ! Many so called rogue countries have gone Nuclear and thats dangerous for the entire planet ! All technology for war purposes should be banned !

    Use your technology to elimate hunger, climate changes and all such noble deeds !
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    Quote Originally Posted by koolbabs2000
    - Utter rubbish ! Any advancement in technolgy for killing people is something we can do without and dangerous for society ! Look at the nuclear mess ! Many so called rogue countries have gone Nuclear and thats dangerous for the entire planet ! All technology for war purposes should be banned !

    Use your technology to elimate hunger, climate changes and all such noble deeds !
    Excuse me? You've already besmirched my name by calling me a "gay man" for some idiotic reason. Now you want to go after me about using "my technolgy [sic]" for noble deeds.

    I don't originate the technology in the US.

    Allow me to inform you about something that you seem to totally misunderstand.

    See that nice processor you're using? Due to the ever decreasing size of the circuitry, electromitigation occurs. IBM, Intel, AMD, and even the United States government (and Israel, UK, and other countries too) solved that problem with using a different manner to create the circuits to avoid such a problem... so next time you eyeball that 60nm or the newer 45nm Intel processors... think about the war technology that was used to solve those problems first.

    Even the pocket calculator has NASA/US Gov't background. Count out the times you've used it on your cellphone - another war based technology. Same about your microwave... war based technology.

    Now you want to apply your statements/agenda it to starvation - dude, get in line. We have people in the US starving. Solve your own damn problems first. You have people in your country starving. Get off your butt and take some food to them. Once a month, I take myself to a homeless shelter, donate my time, donate food... and I do it without really bringing too much fuss about it to these boards. Perhaps you should do the same.

    And if you dislike war technology and how it benefits you in your daily operations, I suggest that you do some research for once before opening up your mouth. Not all technology based on war is destructive. Some advancements are made in R&D that are worthwhile. Internet, usenet, cell phones, microprocessors, dried food, jet fuel, clean diesel... same for space programs. It starts somewhere.

    Does it make me proud that I have war based technology in my house? Not really... but I know the order of things.

    Don't like it, toss it out of the window

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    im more interested in world's total cost of wars vs. total spent on medicines, techs, ..etc.

    :: not that there is no R&D as a result of war, but it is sad that the intention of spending all those money (the whole world and not just US) was to eliminate and not to improve human kind in the first place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gerbick
    Honestly... WWII was not necessary for US involvement if you were to listen to the average European now.
    No thats not the case, we may rib you about turning up late etc., but we recognise the importance of your involvement, and the sacrifice your military people made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jujumon
    im more interested in world's total cost of wars vs. total spent on medicines, techs, ..etc.
    My Grandfather suffered a serious head wound in the 1st World War, and as an ordinary guy, under normal circumstances, would have been left to die, but fortunatly, a couple of young field surgons were working behind the lines, and their specialisation was head wounds. He received experemental field treatment, which stabalised him, and he was shipped back from France to the UK, where here was treated for another 2 years. He made sufficient recovery to have a life for 25 more years, in which he married my Grandmother, and they had my Mother, and my Aunt. Many of the others who were treated died, but the work done to them was recorded, and proved to be invaluable in the subsiquent treatment of head trauma patients.
    Its sad that Necessity Is the Mother Of Invention but that really is the case, and it is an example of how evolution works on our population today, we find ourselves in new circumstances, and we adapt to accomodate them, not by growing feathers or a longer neck, but by concentrating our efforts on the new need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlashLackey
    Absolutely, some of them have helped to create a number of them. Just look at Hussein recently with France, China, Russia and the UN funneling the cash and/or weapons in.
    Are you speaking of the same Saddam Hussein and Ba'ath Party that the US CIA funded, and put into power originally in Iraq?
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    Quote Originally Posted by gerbick
    Honestly... WWII was not necessary for US involvement if you were to listen to the average European now.

    I'd rather it would have been that way.
    Do you really mean that?

    If an european is saying such stuff then they are just arrogant and as we know there are arrogant people the world over.

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    Use your technology to elimate hunger, climate changes and all such noble deeds !
    - I did'nt mean to you personally here. Its addressed generally here!

    Once a month, I take myself to a homeless shelter, donate my time, donate food... and I do it without really bringing too much fuss about it to these boards. Perhaps you should do the same.
    - In simple words - Thats bragging my friend !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loyal Rogue
    Are you speaking of the same Saddam Hussein and Ba'ath Party that the US CIA funded, and put into power originally in Iraq?
    I was wondering the same thing - like the CIA's man in Afghanistan, what was his name?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stoke Laurie
    My Grandfather suffered a serious head wound in the 1st World War...
    Crazy. My Granddad suffered a serious head wound in the second world war and they tried some new treatment on him. I think they took bone from his ribs and grafted it to his head or something. Didn't work though, he died from complications

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