The Congressional Budget Office recently released a report tracking spending in the Iraq War over the last eight years in comparison to the total national deficit. Fox News picked up the data in a recent article and compared the total cost of the war to the total cost of the recent Stimulus Bill. Here is what they said:
Congressional Budget Office numbers show that the total cost of the eight-year war was less than the stimulus bill passed by the Democratic-led Congress in 2009…the cost of Operation Iraqi Freedom was $709 billion for military and related activities, including training of Iraqi forces and diplomatic operations. The projected cost of the stimulus…was $862 billion.
As a Christian, all I can say is that the premise of this perspective is horrible.
How do you count the cost of war? How many dollars will be spent in physical and mental treatment and therapy for American soldiers wounded and emotionally scarred in combat? How do you even calculate the cost of the loss of over 4,000 American lives? What about the cost to the Iraqi people? What about their injuries, destroyed cities, ruined economy, and lost lives, both civilian and combatant?
War is not an economic political argument. War is not justified because it “costs” less than some other political endeavor (if it is justified at all). War is a tragic human failure that deserves to be treated as such. There is no victory in war.
Our hope in Christ, on the other hand, is that He defeated His and all of our enemies by suffering and dying on a Roman cross and by rising from the dead three days later.
It was the most expensive battle ever fought: God, emptying Himself to take human form; cursed, shamed, and killed by His own creation. But it was the only battle that ever mattered. And it was the true cost of war.