400 Billion and
Counting - Cost of War in Iraq Escalates - The Money Spent Could Have
Been Used to Help Find Cure For Cancer or to Fix Medicare
May 9th 2006
A recent article reported that a General said we are making progress
training Iraqi police. I think most people are grateful there is
progress being made somewhere in Iraq amidst all the killings and
bombings. But it begs the question: At what cost? The San Francisco
Chronicle reported that rough estimates put the current expenditures for
the war in Iraq at $400 billion.
We have spent so much money that we have to round the number of to
roughly 400 billion. The sad thing is that it is not over yet. Will
the expenditures exceed 1 trillion dollars? 2 Trillion? God only knows
how many people will be killed in Iraq and what future retaliation
against Americans will occur.
Even sadder is the fact that the money could have been used to help find
a cure for cancer, or to help pay of the debt, or to fix Social Security
or Medicare. Or maybe the money didn’t need to be spent in the first
place. Either way, the tragedy goes beyond the lives lost on both sides
and the destruction of a country.
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The war should never have started, but the build-up and threats made by
President Bush ensured there would be action taken. Saddam produced
detailed evidence chronicling the demolition of his Weapons of Mass
Destruction (WMD). He produced the evidence days ahead of the set
deadline and even made it available in a CD format for reporters.
The problem was that we had already convinced the world that he was a
threat, and had already made agreements with our allies for military
jump points and support. We were poised to attack and it was “now or
never”. So we invaded.
OK, everyone can make a mistake, and the president is no exception. The
war should have ended after we apprehended Saddam and verified either
the existence or non-existence of WMD. But it didn’t. The war turned
into an occupation.
Now the news broadcasts are similar to broadcasts produced during the
Vietnam War: Dead soldiers, dead civilians, destruction of property and
no end in sight. Generals are doing their duty by reporting every ounce
of progress. Thank God Americans are starting to realize that it is
time to pull out. It is not about whether the President lied or not.
There is no criminal proof either way. What matters is what we do now.
By Tom Madison
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