Geneviève Schméder, on the basis of several studies carried out in the United States, examines the potential costs and benefits of the war in Iraq for the American economy.
The estimates of the costs naturally vary depending on the length and difficulty of the war, its immediate aftermath, and what happens to oil prices...
The author stresses that military victory is much less important than the restoration of peace, and ponders the post-war phase, humanitarian aid and the reconstruction of Iraq. It is clear that, unlike the period of the Marshall Plan, the United States is no longer in a position to help the region as it might have in other times.
Lastly, Geneviève Schméder argues that the American economy, far from gaining from the conflict, could suffer badly as a result of it.