The War in Iraq, Five Years Later

Today is the fith anniversary of the Iraq War. 

Saddam Hussein and his sons are dead.

No WMDs were found.

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3,979 US Soldiers Killed, 29,320 Seriously Wounded

$600 billion of US taxpayers’ funds spent and President Bush has requested another $200 billion for 2008; by the tiem all costs of the war are factored in, it will likely cost the US $2.7 trillion in funds.

U.S. Monthly Spending in Iraq – $12 billion in 2008

Lost & Unaccounted for $9 billion of US taxpayers’ money in cash.

Lost or missing $549.7 milion in spare parts shipped in 2004 to US contractors which includes 190,000 guns, of which 110,000 AK-47 rifles; the insurgents are using our own weapons against our troops.

Halliburton Overcharges Classified by the Pentagon as Unreasonable and Unsupported – $1.4 billion

Amount paid to KBR, a former Halliburton division, to supply U.S. military in Iraq with food, fuel, housing and other items – $20 billion

Portion of the $20 billion paid to KBR that Pentagon auditors deem “questionable or supportable” – $3.2 billion

Iraqi civilians killed: estimated between 600,000 and one million.

Daily Insurgent Attacks, Feb 2004 – 14

Daily Insurgent Attacks, July 2005 – 70

Daily Insurgent Attacks, May 2007 – 163

Estimated Insurgency Strength, Nov 2003 – 15,000

Estimated Insurgency Strength, Oct 2006 – 20,000 – 30,000

Estimated Insurgency Strength, June 2007 – 70,000

  4 comments for “The War in Iraq, Five Years Later

  1. jose s.
    March 16, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    i was in big bear a few weeks ago and i met a woman who is going to iraq next month. i asked her what she was going to do there and she said she was going to be working for KBR as a personal trainer. i asked her who she was going to be training and she said she was going to be on a base where soldiers and contractors could use her services. personally i believed her. she claims her father has worked for KBR for 4 years and he got her the job. she was very giddy that she was going to be making 1800 bucks a week. nothing suprises me anymore about this war and how many people are cashing in on the blood of our dead soldiers. and how a company like KBR rakes in so much money and somehow it’s still not enough. so yes, it’s sad that here we are 5 years later and were still dealing with the same corruption. makes me wonder what other kinds of “jobs” they are trying to fill while they still can.

  2. March 16, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    Great story, Jose!

    In addition to being the most wasteful and pointless, this has got to be the *oddest* war we’ve ever fought.

  3. Juanita McKenzie
    March 16, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    What also bothers me about KBR employing personal trainers etc .. is that there doesn’t seem to be a shortage of Americans willing to fill the jobs offered. Don’t get a wrong, I need a job too, but I’ll be damned if I’d work for a company such as KBR. Maybe I haven’t been poor long enough or just maybe I have a dash of integrity & have a working conscience ?

  4. March 16, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    Goes to show that the profits are going to the few but the price will be paid by the many. Every time I heart about supporting the troops and about what is important about the military I think, why are we putting these people in danger? Why? So just a few can profit? So we can have four dollars a gallon gas?

    I saw the bumper sticker that breaks my heart every time today, “Piss of a liberal, thank a soldier”. I thank our soldiers at every chance I can get because this Country has asked far too much from them. It’s just too much.

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