Wednesday, March 19, 2008

5 Years in Iraq: The Cost of War

3,991 U.S. troops killed.
29,451 U.S. troops wounded.
1,031 amputees (U.S. troops).
30% of returning troops have symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
20% have full blown Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
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An estimated 1,189,173 Iraqi's killed (reference).

Total Cost to date: Over $500,000,000,000, some estimates are higher.
According to the American Friends Service Committee (Quaker) the Iraq War costs $720,000,000 a day. $720 million equals 84 new elementary schools, or 12,478 elementary school teachers, or 34,904 four year scholarships for university students, or 163,525 people with healthcare, or 423,529 children with healthcare, or 6,482 families with homes, or 1,274,336 homes with renewable energy. Take your pick.

Why are we in Iraq? I'm sorry to say: Oil, and because our leaders see Iraq as a way to make money. See: The Real Reason We're in Iraq.

1 comment:

Stephanie S. said...

(That's all.)