Twelve BILLION dollars a month.
That was TWELVE BILLION DOLLARS A MONTH!
Let’s get real. What in the world are we getting for our money? Dead soldiers, $4 a gallon gas? This is precisely why the insanity must stop. Can’t we see that this administration is just trying to save face? Where is the benefit?
Someone please tell me.
Consider for one minute what this money could do for our country, for our “recession”.
We could probably build a frickin’ force field and isolate ourselves from the thugs. Or we could probably develop a cool spaceship and transport all the frightened to a new and wonderful utopia somewhere in the galaxy.
Here’s the bad news…..
“In 2008, its sixth year, the war will cost approximately $12 billion a month, triple the “burn” rate of its earliest years, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz and co-author Linda J. Bilmes report in a new book.
Beyond 2008, working with “best-case” and “realistic-moderate” scenarios, they project the Iraq and Afghan wars, including long-term U.S. military occupations of those countries, will cost the U.S. budget between $1.7 trillion and $2.7 trillion — or more — by 2017.
Interest on money borrowed to pay those costs could alone add $816 billion to that bottom line, they say.
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has done its own projections and comes in lower, forecasting a cumulative cost by 2017 of $1.2 trillion to $1.7 trillion for the two wars, with Iraq generally accounting for three-quarters of the costs.
Variations in such estimates stem from the sliding scales of assumptions, scenarios and budget items that are counted. But whatever the estimate, the cost will be huge, the auditors of the Government Accountability Office say.”
How can this disaster continue to be justified?