Here are some thoughtful pieces written about some of the cost consequences of 9/11.   They are excellent pieces.  However, mos commentators have failed to distinguish the specific costs of the decision to invade Iraq, which added budgetary and economic costs, and also distracted from the mission in Afghanistan, allowing the Taliban to regroup which has now led to an increase in US presence and costs there.

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2011/05/the-cost-of-bin-laden-3-trillion-over-15-years/238517/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/11/reassessing-the-cost-of-9-11-bin-laden_n_860186.html

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