[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/03/12/iraq.war/art.iraqtruck.gi,.jpg caption="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.