Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Cost of War

We cannot put a price on human life, however we can put a price on the tools we use to take it away.

We have lost thousands of soldiers and killed over 100,000 Civilians in Iraq. For what? To "prevent" Terrorism?


Give me a break, we are creating more and more terrorist everyday by being in the middle east. It is not about cutting and running, but about respecting another nation's sovereignty. I'm not a pacifist by any means, if someone attacks me it's a fight. Iraq didn't attack us nor any of our allies. Afghanistan did not attack us or any of our allies. Terrorist attacked us on 9/11 and it is the terrorist who should pay, but before we jump the gun, why did they attack us?
WE ARE THE AGGRESSORS! We have been bombing and pillaging the middle east for decades and we need to stop before we create even more enemies!

The Cost of War so far
$807.4 billion to Iraq
$570.9 billion to Afghanistan
Imagine What we could have done domestically with the money! Imagine the infrastructure that could have been constructed, the bridges that could be brought back up to code, the investments we could have made in education, etc.

Now onto the cots of War Weapons
  • Cost of a single Javelin Missile: $80,000
  • Cost of a single Tomahawk cruise Missile: $900,000
  • Cost of a single F22 Raptor: $135 million
  • Cost of a single AC130U Gunship: $190 million
  • Cost of a single F117A Nighthawk: $122 Million
  • Cost of a single B2 Bomber: $2.2 Billion

Two Fun Facts About Tomahawk Missiles:

During the 2003 invasion of Iraq, more than 725 tomahawk missiles were fired at key Iraqi targets.
725 x $900,000 = $652,500,000
$652 Million

On 19 March 2011, 124 Tomahawk missiles were fired into Libya.
124 x $900,000 = $111,600,000
$111 Million

Next time someone grovels about the deficit, ask them about the cost of war.

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