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Friday, November 17, 2006

Money well spent?

Posted by: Hammer / 12:56 PM

AFP reports:

The Pentagon plans to ask Congress for an additional 127 billion dollars for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2007, a top Senate Democrat's office said.

The funding request would be in addition to the 70 billion dollars already written into the 2007 budget for US military operations there.

...The 70 billion dollars brought to more than 500 billion dollars the cost of foreign operations in the US "war on terror" launched after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States -- two-thirds of which has been used in Iraq.

According to USA Today, if Congress grants the additional funding of between 127 billion and 160 billion dollars, it would make the war on terror more expensive than the entire Vietnam War, which cost 536 billion dollars, adjusted for inflation.

500 billion dollars. That takes a bit to sink in, doesn't it? 500 billion dollars spent and the results aren't worth a plug nickel. Afghanistan is near chaos. Iraq is near civil war. Thousands of Americans are dead or gravely injured. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis are dead or gravely injured.

It's a half-trillion worth of tragedy.


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