“History teaches that war begins when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap.”  – Ronald Reagan.

The Wisdom of The Gipper

When Vladimir Putin started this war in February, I’m not quite sure if he entirely anticipated the actual cost to his country in blood and treasure. He likely thought his massive army would roll in, squash a Ukrainian attempt at fighting back, and begin flying the Russian flag over Ukraine. Instead, depending on who you ask, the death toll of Russian soldiers in Ukraine is nearing 30,000, and that’s in fewer than four months of combat.

On the other hand, the US is counting our costs in the war thus far in dollars and cents. According to the US Department of Defense, as of writing (June 20, 2022), the cost of weaponry sent is recorded to be about $5.6 billion. In addition, we’ve sent billions more in humanitarian aid. As a note, they refer to the money as “security assistance.”