M1 Abrams tank. Cost to taxpayers: $6 million. The Iraqi army … that abandons M1 tank to ISIL forces. Cost to taxpayers: $25 billion. F-16 fighter sent to destroy M1 tank. Cost to U.S. taxpayers: $18 million. Missile to blow up the captured M1 tank. Cost to U.S. taxpayers: $20,000. New tanks for the Iraqi army. Cost to U.S. taxpayers: Billions and billions. Perpetual war in the Middle East? Priceless! $. War Inc.