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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

meanwhile in Iraq.........

Taxpayers in United States will pay $315.8 billion for the cost of war in Iraq. For the same amount of money, the following could have been provided:
 71,717,012 People Receiving Health Care or
 5,472,330 Elementary School Teachers or
 41,823,351 Head Start Places for Children or
 185,783,623 Children Receiving Health Care or
 2,843,180 Affordable Housing Units or
 37,159 New Elementary Schools or
 61,230,780 Scholarships for University Students or
 5,441,915 Music and Arts Teachers or
 7,114,877 Public Safety Officers or
 558,642,585 Homes with Renewable Electricity or
 4,946,324 Port Container Inspectors


At 25/7/06 1:42 pm, Blogger Russell Brown said...

It's actually worse than that. Taking into account interest (this is all borrowed money, remember) and other costs, the likely total bill for Iraq has been repeatedly estimated at something in excess of a trillion dollars.

I linked to a story this morning about US military bases that can't pay their power bills or get their lawns mowed. It really is an appalling debacle.


At 25/7/06 1:45 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can't put a price on freedom and democracy bomber ;)

But one does feel pretty helpless during all this geopolitical maneuvering, boycott american goods i guess...

At 25/7/06 3:44 pm, Anonymous bomber said...

............................ Thanks for your post Russell, do you think America is headed towards a financial meltdown? I remember reading an advisor of Alan Greenspan, senior financial analyst Paul Volcker, recently confessed "that he thought there was a 75% chance of a currency crisis in the United States within five years."

At 25/7/06 9:42 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The outflow of middle class (i.e. mainly Christian & Sunni) Lebanese over past two weeks probably means the end of the liberal, dynamic little Lebanon of old.

The impoverished Shiia, however, can't really go anywhere as none of the mainly Sunni societies around the Arab world will take them in any way, so they'll no doubt just get more and more militant and retaliatory ... and the cable TV coverage of their resistance will in turn eventually in time undermine the dictatorships in Egypt, Jordan, Arabia etc. upon which the entire U.S. policy rests.

But what an incredibly high price! What an incredible risk to take with innocents - in Israel, in Lebanon, in the Palestinian territories! It is all very sick.

And in the meantime Pakistan is expanding its nuclear weapons programme, Iran wants to join it and ... no doubt in no time all the Sunni Arab regimes will demand their own to protect them against Iran & Pakistan.... what a mess!


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