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What Iraq Costs You
November 6, 2006
1:33 pm
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Does anyone still support this war?
Does anyone still support the administration and the party who want to keep us in this war?
Let's vote more wisely...

aside from the unspeakable tragic loss of lives,

Here is

What Iraq Costs YOU:

The bill so far: $321 BILLION
Estimated cost to date for every US citizen: $1,222

What $321 billion could have paid for in the U.S. for one year:

Affordable housing units: 2.7 million

or Scholarships for university students: 60.5 million

or Head Start slots: 40.4 million

What $321 Billion could have paid for around the globe for three years:

Full funding for global anti-hunger efforts and

Full funding of a world-wide AIDS program,

and Full funding for every child to get basic immunizations.

The Estimated long-term bill: $1.3 TRILLION

Cost of war ($billions$)

Spent to date 251

Future Spending on Operations 271

VA costs 57

Costs for brain injuries 35

Veterans disability 122

Demobilization costs 8

Increased defense 139

Interest on debt 386

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TOTAL 1,269 TRILLION

Source: Institute for Policy Studies. Revised Sept. 5, 2006

November 6, 2006
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And you know, a trillion here, a trillion there, and pretty soon you are talking some real money.

November 8, 2006
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http://www.commondreams.org/he.....107-01.htm

Published on Tuesday, November 7, 2006 by the Agence France Presse

Hundreds of US Soldiers Call for Iraq Withdrawal in Petition

Hundreds of US soldiers have signed a petition calling for a troop withdrawal from Iraq and the document is to be formally presented to Congress in January, organizers said.

"As a patriotic American proud to serve the nation in uniform, I respectfully urge my political leaders in Congress to support the prompt withdrawal of all American military forces and bases from Iraq," the petition says.

"Staying in Iraq will not work and is not worth the price. It is time for US troops to come home," it says.

The campaign's website, http://www.appealforredress.org, says the petition is sponsored by active duty service members based in the Norfolk, Virginia area and by a sponsoring committee of veterans and military family members.

[read more of this article at the link above]

Good luck with your election results... the world has a lot riding on the outcome.

November 8, 2006
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Of curse, there is also the pure money thing.

Hey, remember WWII? Hitler? Imperial Japan? Pearl Harbor? Now those were some bad huys worth fighting.

It cost the USA about 288 billion dollars to defeat them.

What have we spent to defeat Iraq, who never was able to harm a hair on our head?

341 billion dollars. And counting.

From a cost-benefit perspective, the so called "war" in Iraq does not see, very cost effective.

Geez, and we are losing soldiers at double the rate of the Vietnam war.

Oh well, money and the lives of young people are cheap. We have lots and lots of money and lots and lots of young people left. Let's just stay the course and see what happens.

November 8, 2006
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Congratulations, US voters!!!

And thank you for restoring much of my faith in your electorate.

I will feel better coming over the border to visit my beloved relatives :0)

your relieved northern neighbour, kroika

November 8, 2006
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Thanks for the info Kroika! (and I know you may have even heard a collective sigh of relief over the border after those election returns... but I still worry about the big one... you know, the positions that were stolen by "He-who-shall-not-be-named" and cohorts on that fateful day.

The cost will actually end up in the trillions. But hey, money isn't everything. When compared to the loss of young lives, it isn't anything. But we will continue to lose lives, and we must also take into account the lives that are inarguably compromised by the cost of this war. Money could be buying food and healthcare for those in need, and paying for the education of future leaders, scientists, doctors, etc. But who cares about that stuff when those who gots, are getting and getting by quite fine. We now live in a time when bombs are more important than books. That is a gross oversimplification maybe, but the truth. Scary.

Last night was at least a little glimmer of hope that people are paying attention. Thanks to the voters! Keep your eyes open...

November 9, 2006
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yeah, mzrella, I know....

I was just thinking back to when the Berlin Wall fell and some of the more naive (and optimistic) among us thought that that meant the end of the Cold War and therefore that would then mean all those resources would be diverted into healthcare, housing, education etc. etc. etc.

Didn't quite happen that way, did it?

So yes, you are right, eyes must be kept open. Humans may get downsized in a very big way if we don't start treating Mother Nature better.... and it won't matter how big your SUV is, or your stock portfolio...

but for tonight... and this weekend.... I say, party on you victorious donkeys. Ya did good!

Lotsa work still ahead... but take a breather, stop and smell a rose, cut a rug :-))

November 9, 2006
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Well, I'm a tad bit less pessimistic, but I wouldn't go celebrating just yet. In some places, the margins were close. And the dems could use some improvement in their party as well. Some are very conservative.

November 12, 2006
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I will not be optimistic until the vote results will be in and a Democrat will be in the office. I was optimistic last time...ugh!

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