March 13th, 2009
10:29 AM ET
5 years ago

After 6 years fighting in Iraq, Americans' interest wanes

U.S. soldiers patrol parts of Iraq in armored tanks years after the start of the war in Iraq.
U.S. soldiers patrol parts of Iraq in armored tanks years after the start of the war in Iraq.

(CNN) – While economic issues affect almost all Americans, public interest in the ongoing military action in Iraq has dropped off over the past few years as conditions on the ground there have improved and the relevance to the average American family's pocketbook wears thin.

"This is already one of the longest wars in American history. There's nothing new in Iraq," said Steven Roberts, a professor of media studies at The George Washington University. "We've read the stories of instability in the government a hundred times. Every single possible story has been told, and so there is enormous fatigue about Iraq."

But while daily operations in Iraq may not pique the attention of Americans, the costs do.

Around $700 billion, according to the Congressional Budget Office, has been appropriated from the 2003-2009 fiscal years. The figure, taking into account operations for 2010 FY, puts the price tag around $800 billion.

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  1. Scott, Tucson

    Now it's Obama's war, that is unless the Buck does not stop at his desk.

    March 13, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  2. Andi

    You cannot compare the US fighting Germany in WWII to the Iraqi war. They are 'apples and oranges'. If you use the comparison, then shouldn't we invade any country we don't like? WWII and Iraq are completely different, just as Vietnam was completely different to the War of 1812. If all wars were the same, wouldn't the outcomes then be the same?

    March 13, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  3. Lori

    Are the Republicans happy now? Iraq's economy is doing well while ours is in shambles. This is what happens when you put the war-loving Republicans in power. SPEND, SPEND, SPEND our American tax dollars to support another country (for what reason I will never know) and then call a Democrat a 'socialist' for using OUR OWN TAX DOLLARS on us!

    March 13, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  4. JonDie

    Recently I caught the end of Jeopardy. The final Jeopary question was, Name two countries whose names start with A but do not end with a.

    Only one contestant correctly answered "Azerbaijan". Not one of the three contestants answered "Afghanistan."

    March 13, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  5. Monikr

    So, the Iraq war cost the U.S. 3% of it's economic output for 6 years.... 18% of everything we have worked for, liberal or conservative. The war cost the people of California ALONE 76 billion dollars. All the posturing aside about "American values" and "spreading democracy"
    (Iraq is a Muslim, tribal society folks, no democracy there) does anyone on this board think we got our money's worth? Does anyone think that we could not have Bin Laden and Co. on ice for that much dough?

    I WANT MY MONEY BACK !!! How did this happen! Land of the Free? No way, this was pushed on us with no discussion, and it makes me sick that my kids are going to pay it off. AND, China sits and laughs, for what makes us weak makes them strong. WAKE UP!

    March 13, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  6. shoegazer

    Why is it that all those responsible for this on-going illegal venture that has cost so many lives on both sides,more money than most could imagine and a countries reputation on the world stage,have all
    retired to their secluded gated worlds where nothing else matters but the size of your bank account.None of that ilk needs a bail-out.

    March 13, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  7. shoegazer

    Why is it that all those responsible for this on-going illegal venture that has cost so many lives on both sides,more money than most could imagine and a countries reputation on the world stage,have all
    retired to their secluded gated worlds where nothing else matters but the size of your bank account.None of that ilk needs a bail-out.

    March 13, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. Bob in Pa

    What you really mean to say is that the media got their man elected and now the War in Iraq no longer serves a purpose.

    March 13, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
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