Tuesday, September 25, 2007

The cost of the war

Well, amid a million personal issues that are swirling around right now, I can't help but think about the war and the costs to our country. Current estimates are between 300 million and 720 million dollars a day to support the war. That is 1 to 2 dollars every day per person that comes out of our pockets as citizens. To date that is nearly 3300 dollars for every American. When we look back on it we have each paid several thousands of dollars to wreak havoc on a country that posed no real risk to us. We've had several thousands of dollars taken from us on the pretense (or rather lie) that Iraq posed an imminent threat to us. I would rather have wiped the hemorrhoidal ass of a Tijuana donkey with the money and then light it on fire than see it put to this use. Yes, it is disgusting and vile, but isn't the needless deaths of 70,000 - 80,000 Iraqi civilians and nearly 4000 allied service persons even more disgusting and vile.

What could I have done with $3300? Well, any number of things. I could have had my house painted. I could have taken a nice vacation to Europe. I could have paid off a credit card. I could have sent 17 OLPC computers over seas for use by children. I could have paid for one years worth of health insurance coverage for 2.5 children in the SCHIP program. My point is that I feel like my money is better spent elsewhere.

So, is this about money or lives? I think both. The money that is being spent is our money and the fact that it has financed so much death leaves a collective blood stain on all of our hands.

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