Bin Laden's Death Won't End Toll on U.S. Taxpayers
May. 12, 2011
May 12 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. government spent $2 trillion combating Osama Bin Laden over the past decade, more than 20 percent of the nation's $9.68 trillion public debt. That money paid for wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as additional military, intelligence and homeland security spending above pre-Sept. 11 trends, according to a Bloomberg analysis.
This year alone, taxpayers are spending more than $45 billion in interest on the money borrowed to battle al-Qaeda, the analysis shows. Megan Hughes reports. (Source: Bloomberg)