The Most Expensive Wars of the United States of America
Since 1776, the United States has been involved in numerous wars. Some of these wars were short, some were long, some won and some lost. Some of these wars cost the United States a lot of money.
Here are the ten most costly wars the United States has been involved in. The figures given are adjusted for inflation.
- Mexican-American War
The Mexican-American War cost American taxpayers about $ 2.4 billion. The war took place 1846-1848. It was the result of the annexation of Texas, in which Texas became a state within the United States.
Texas had originally been a Mexican territory, but a revolution in 1836 brought the territory under U.S. control.
The United States had not yet allowed Texas to become a state, after the revolution, for fear that it might support the equality of pro- / anti-slavery states. This changed during the 1840s and led to the start of the war, reports abcnews.al
- The American Revolution
Although many may believe that the American Revolution began with the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, the war actually began in April 1775. It all started when the local militia in Massachusetts had a confrontation with British troops. The result that followed was the American Revolution.
Just 13 months later, the United States would sign the Declaration of Independence declaring its freedom from the British. The war took place, 1775-1783, with over 50,000-70,000 casualties on the part of the United States alone. The United States did not fight it alone, as it was helped by Spain, France and the Netherlands, reports abcnews.al.
The total cost of the war to the United States? Almost the same as the Mexican-American War – $ 2.4 billion.
- Spanish-American War
The war began in 1898 and lasted only 4 months, the Spanish-American War took place between Spain and the United States. Initially, the Spaniards were at war with Cuba, which had declared independence from them in 1895.
The United States had pressured to get involved in the war to help Cuba, and this pressure reached its climax when the USS Maine then accidentally exploded in a port outside Havana, Cuba, and so the United States decided to declare war on Spain. .
But the war was not limited to the Caribbean. There was also a Pacific theater that included the Philippines and Guam. When the United States declared war, they did so in all respects. Thus, after their victory they conquered Puerto Rico, the Philippines and Guam. The war cost the United States a total of $ 9 billion, reports abcnews.al.
- Civil War
President Abraham Lincoln was elected to office in 1861 and was assassinated a year before the end of the Civil War. Slavery was one of the leading causes of the American Civil War. On the one hand, it was the Northern Union, which was against slavery and had elected President Abraham Lincoln to head the country.
Lincoln rushed to adopt a platform to end slavery, which led to the South’s secession from the United States, creating the Confederate States of America, a group of states that shared a common interest in preserving slavery.
Because of this, the United States entered the war against the Confederate States of America in 1861. The war lasted until 1865 and cost the United States and the Confederate States over $ 80 billion, reports abcnews.al.
The war also caused the deaths of over 750,000 troops.
- Gulf War
The Persian Gulf War was short, but at a great price. The war began in August 1990 with Operation Desert Shield. This operation marked almost no actual battle. The US along with coalition countries sent troops and supplies to the region for combat.
In total, over 34 countries joined the war which began due to the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq and the annexation of the country. The war lasted only 42 days, ending in February 1991. The Gulf War cost the United States $ 102 billion.
- First World War
World War I is the fifth most expensive war for the United States. While the war began in Germany in 1914, the United States was not involved until 1917.
The war would end just 18 months later, but the United States had already spent a lot of money on the $ 334 billion war, which was about 14 percent of gross domestic product for the United States at the time.
- Korean War
The Korean War pitted Soviet-backed North Korea against US-backed South Korea. North Korea invaded South Korea in 1950.
Korea was divided after World War II when Japan (which claimed Korea) surrendered the northern part to the Soviet Union. The United States moved south at the same time and this led to a stalemate until 1950. The war never technically ended; rather, it ended in a ceasefire agreement and since then the two countries have been technically at war. The United States spent a total of $ 341 billion on the Korean War.
- Vietnam War
The Vietnam War is the third most expensive war the United States has ever fought. The war began when the North invaded the South. Like the Korean War, the North was supported by the Soviet Union and China, while the South was supported by the United States.
This time, things were different, as the United States was unable to help South Vietnam win, and the country fell with the fall of Saigon in 1975. The war cost the US $ 738 billion.
- The fight against terrorism
Costing at least $ 1.6 trillion, the War on Terror began after the September 11 attacks on the United States. The war began in the fall of 2001, with the United States searching for Osama bin Laden, then moved to Iraq where US troops overthrew Saddam Hussein, abcnews.al reports.
The war is not over yet. The United States withdrew troops from the area during Operation New Dawn in 2010, but the troops have since returned to the region.
- World War Two
The most expensive war the United States has fought is World War II. The country suffered not only great loss of money, but also great loss of soldiers. Over $ 4 trillion was spent on World War II and over 400,000 American troops died.
The involvement of the United States began after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and lasted until the end of the war in 1945.