The high cost of killing
The American Friends Service Committee has analyzed and released a cost breakdown of how much the war in Iraq is costing the american taxpayer. This information, taken from the work of Joseph E. Stiglitz, a Nobel Prize winning economist and Linda Bilmes, a former assistant secretary of commerce under Clinton, shows that the war is costing us $720 million a day, or $8333 per second.
According to their subject blog, How Would You Spend It?, “For that price, the United States could have provided: 34,904 Four-Year Scholarships for University Students; 1,153,846 Children with Free School Lunches; 6,482 Families with Homes and 163,525 People with Healthcare. HOW WOULD YOU SPEND IT?”
Personally, I would buy all the Transformers ever made, new in their perfect, unopened boxes, then put a video up on Youtube of me openeing and playing with every single one of them. I would then post links to this video on all the collector websites and listen to the sweet cacophanous melody of nerdy screams and embolisms. But I’m kind of an asshole that way.
That being said, I would like to point out a quote in TFA:
“Either you think the war in Iraq supports America’s national security, or not,” said Frederick W. Kagan, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. “If you think national security won’t be harmed by withdrawing from Iraq, of course you would want to see that money spent elsewhere. I myself think that belief, on a certain level, is absurd, so the question of focusing on how much money we are spending there is irrelevant.”
Well, that’s just blind, isn’t it? Anyone who has played a game of Civilization knows that resource management can make or break a country. Hoping that our country remains secure will not create the money needed to run an increasingly unpopular war. Please also ignore the fact that there is no indisputable evidence that we are safer for continuing it. Add that to this new breakdown which tells us that we could hous 6500 families a day, feed 1,150,000 children a day or put 35,000 people through 4 years of college a day.
Listen folks, I’m all for preventing another 9/11, but you have to be aware of the cost not only in dollars, but in lives. Imagine the good that could have been done with this money. It’s a shame that Bush’s God didn’t tell him to feed the hungry, rather than go to war; I wonder how much this administration would be spending if he had.