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News Release
May 31, 2011

New Independent Institute Report Reveals Actual Costs of U.S. Mideast Wars
What Price War? Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Costs of Conflict, by Anthony Gregory

June 1, 2011—In a political environment where every issue polarizes the public sentiment, Anthony Gregory renders an objective numerical analysis of the results of the current U.S. foreign policy and the implications of the wars abroad in this timely report, What Price War? Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Costs of Conflict.

Two years into the current administration, we find ourselves embattled in a desperately needed debate on the national debt and government spending. What Price War? arms readers with the oft ignored and politically inconvenient truths behind the U.S war efforts. As Gregory explains,

This report offers an evaluation of U.S. foreign policy under the Bush and Obama administrations, focusing particularly on such metrics as the number of U.S. troops deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, the rate of U.S. fatalities in these wars, and their financial cost. More generally, it contrasts the administration's approach to defense policy and the trajectory of America's wars with the path set by the Bush administration as well as to Obama's promises as a presidential candidate.

Anthony Gregory is a Research Editor at The Independent Institute. His articles have appeared in Christian Science Monitor, Bloomberg, BusinessWeek, Washington Times, Human Events, Counterpunch, Dallas Morning News, Sacramento Bee, Talahassee Democrat, Salt Lake Tribune and many other newspapers and magazines.

Mr. Gregory is currently writing an Independent Institute book on individual liberty and the writ of habeas corpus.

For media inquiries or to request a copy of this report, please contact Lindsay Boyd, Director of Communications, at 202-725-7722 or

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