The Cost of War

THE COST OF THE IRAQ WAR SO FAR…
The Washington Post reported today that President Bush is preparing a request to Congress for $50 billion more to fund his failed policies in Iraq – policies that have cost the American people dearly both in lives and taxpayer dollars. The American people are demanding a New Direction on the Iraq war not another quarterly invoice. It is time to wind down this war and begin to bring our troops home safely and soon.
PRICE PAID BY U.S. TROOPS IN IRAQ
·         June, July, and August 2007 have marked the bloodiest summer so far for U.S. troops in Iraq. [icasualties.org] ·         U.S. casualties in Iraq are 65 percent higher this year than at this time in 2006. [icasualties.org] ·         As of August 29th, 3,731 U.S. troops have been killed and more than 27,660 have been wounded in the Iraq war since it began in March 2003. [Department of Defense, 8/29/07] COST TO U.S. TAXPAYERS
·                    Congress has already appropriated nearly $477 billion for the war in Iraq since March 2003.
·                    According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the U.S. is spending an estimated $10 billion per month in Iraq. [CRS, 6/28/07] COST OF THE WAR BROKEN DOWN      
o        Month:            $10,000,000,000        
o        Week:             $2,307,692,380            
o        Day:                $329,670,330
o        Hour:              $13,736,264
o        Minute:           $228,938
o        Second:           $3,816
·                    The Pentagon cannot account for more than 190,000 weapons – paid for by U.S. taxpayers – given to Iraqi security forces in 2004 and 2005. [Washington Post, 8/6/07] ·                    At least $10 billion in taxpayer dollars has been squandered by the government in Iraq reconstruction contracts according to U.S. auditors. [MSNBC, 2/15/07]
WHAT ELSE WE COULD DO WITH SOME OF THE MONEY SPENT ON IRAQ WAR SO FAR
·        Repair the 70,000+ bridges across the country rated structurally deficient:                $188 billion 
·        Rebuild the levees in New Orleans to withstand a Category 5 hurricane:                   $50 billion
·        Cover all eligible but unenrolled kids in SCHIP for 5 years:                                      $47.5 billion
·        Equip U.S. public safety officials with interoperable communication equipment         $18 billion
·        Enroll 1.4 million more children in Head Start programs:                                          $10 billion
·        Double the annual budget for the National Cancer Institute:                                      $9.5 billion
·        Hire one new librarian for each public school in America:                                         $4.6 billion
·        Screen all air cargo on passenger plans for 10 years:                                                $3.6 billion
·        Hire 51,000 more police officers to help make America’s streets safer:                    $2.3 billion
 

  5 comments for “The Cost of War

  1. james
    August 31, 2007 at 12:52 am

    Art Pedroza over at The Orange Juice blog is calling names and calling for counter protesters to try to overwhelm the hunger strike protest coming to a close with a press conference Friday at Sanchez’s office in Garden Grove. This is a new trend of such counter-protests here in OC. If you can get there and support these hunger strikers, please do 11:30am – 2:30 pm.

    Sanchez office is located at 12397 Lewis St., in Garden Grove.

  2. Publius
    August 31, 2007 at 1:29 am

    I hope that folks who actually live and work and vote in Central OC will show up to let the hunger strikers know that they support Loretta’s votes on Iraq.
    Ultimately, her employment contract is with them, not a few extremists.

  3. Dan Chmielewski
    August 31, 2007 at 7:29 am

    Maybe they’d like Bob Dornan to come back?

  4. RHackett
    August 31, 2007 at 8:12 am

    I hope the GOP runs Dornan again and again. It would be Loretta’s seat until she retires.

  5. james
    August 31, 2007 at 2:44 pm

    The organizers of these events at Sanchez’s office do live in Sanchez’s district. That’s the point folks. Yes, there are others who live in other districts. So what? You don’t own the district people. Nor do you own the sole rights to petition or protest a district’s representatives.

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