Sunday, February 06, 2005

$80 billion for Iraq- Is that enough?

Okay, I'm not going to waste your time and argue the pro's and con's of the"red" and "blue" states and what they stand for, politically, and I'm thinking it's getting a bit old and talked about, ad nauseum. Let's talk about the bottom line, and the bottom line is money.

As the U.S. continues its reconstruction efforts in Iraq, sustaining our troops and keeping a semblance of control has greatly stretched the U.S. coffers. Eighty billion more, please. What follows is a very interesting article about how much the U.S. has spent and the trail of intrigue that follows... Follow the money! Read on and click the link below for the full story.


The Iraq War currently costs American taxpayers $1.5 billion a week. With 1,438 US fatalities and calls for withdrawal surfacing, the Bush Administration wants an additional $80 billion to maintain the occupation.

Even before this funding request, the war's costs have amounted to three times more than the $60 billion Bush estimated before the invasion. When former White House budget chief Lawrence Lindsay projected the likely costs at closer to $100 or $200 billion, he was publicly admonished by the Administration and later fired. It's actually worse than Lindsay thought; factoring in the $80 billion, the war will cost $105 billion this fiscal year alone.
Click here http://www.thenation.com/blogs/outrage?pid=2168

5 Comments:

Blogger Steven Swain said...

You have to wonder what kind of return on investment we're getting for our money. Freedom is important, but one has to wonder what would happen if we spent that kind of money here instead, what could we accomplish.

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