US response to 9/11 contributed to causes of current debt crisis

Linda Bilmes writes in the Christian Science Monitor that the costs of military engagement in Afghanistan and Iraq account for well over one-quarter of the increase in US national debt since 2001. Financing wars and defense build-ups in this way is an historical aberration. Americans have typically paid for wars through higher taxes.

http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/Opinion/2011/0908/US-response-to-9-11-contributed-to-causes-of-current-debt-crisis

The Price of 9/11

Joseph Stiglitz writes in Project Syndicate that the September 11, 2001, terror attacks by Al Qaeda harmed the US in ways that Osama bin Laden probably never imagined.http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/stiglitz142/English

The Price of Lost Chances

David Sanger of  The New York Times puts a stark price tag on the cost of reacting — and overreacting — to the Sept. 11 attacks. The New York Times provides an interactive graphic showing war costs, based on the work of Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes:

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/09/08/us/sept-11-reckoning/cost-graphic.html

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Posted:  Anthony Gregory writes about the cost of the wars in the Huffington Post:  9/9/11 08:29 PM ET http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anthony-gregory/post-9-11-defense-spending_b_956346.html

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