Friday, March 21, 2008

5 Year Anniversary of the Iraq War

Media Mouse has an article here on the 5 year anniversary of the Iraq War.

For anyone keeping track:
Cost of the War: $504,000,000,000
Or: $4,681 per household.
$1,721 per person.
$341.4 million per day.

And of course, this official estimate is probably much too low. Joseph Stiglitz, a Columbia University professor who won the Nobel prize for economics in 2001, and Linda Bilmes, a Harvard budget expert, estimate a total of $2,000,000,000,000. Now there's a number you don't see typed out everyday. Look at all those zeros. Guess which generation is going to be responsible for paying it back?

U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq: 3,991. You can't wonder what all those people would have done with their lives if this war hadn't come along.

Wounded soldiers: officially 29,395. Possibly as high as 100,000.

Iraqi dead because of US invasion: Well, let's face it. No one really knows. Our government decided it wasn't important to try and keep track. According to the Opinion Business Research as high as 1,200,000.

The Lancelot organization estimates much lower at about 10,000 every month. The Iraq body count, which only counts Iraq civilians reported in the English media, has about 89,760.

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