I saw this on the news too and the numbers may not be too far off either ... $50,000,000.00 to kill each Taliban enemy.
Link to AOL news --> http://www.aolnews.com/world/article...-cost/19689492
As far as other costs, the actual costs (on the news) of $1,000,000.00 per soldier per year (in Afghanistan and/or Iraq) with ALL expenses & etc.
Couple that with the very high costs in veteran's medical care, disabilities & support equipment maintenance & replacement and these wars will cost into mid Trillions .. ie $5 Trillion.
Personally, I would have liked to have seen that money spent on the infrastructure here in the US to make a better life for US citizens.
The costs to kill each VC and/or NVA in RVN was much lower ... but so was the technology.
Damn, I hate to see all this (borrowed) money pizzed down a rat hole in the middle east ...
PS ... with the average household paying federal taxes of $10,000.00 = 100 households paying federal tax for each $1,000,000.00 = ... and you can see how quickly we are going into the hole.