Cost of War

February 9, 2007

la guerra President Bush has famously called taxes “your money.”

See how some of your money is getting spent here.

I believe in taxes. I believe in government spending of “your money” for the betterment and security of us all. But I’m tired of paying for the murder of thousands and thousands. And don’t tell me this is what “freedom” costs. My freedom is not dependent on the United States military.

Image: Fernando Botero, La Guerra (The War), 1973

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4 Responses to “Cost of War”

  1. Charles Says:

    Testimony this week before the US House Gov’t Oversight & Reform Committee by Paul Bremmer and the financial overseers of the the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad after the fall until the election of the Iraqi gov’t was absolutely astounding. $12 billion dollars in CASH was printed and shipped to Iraq for payroll and rebuilding use. Ambassador Paul Bremer testified about an audit report issued in 2005 by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction that concluded that more than $8.8 billion in cash was disbursed without adequate financial controls. These financial wizards had NO CLUE where nearly 75% of that $12,000,000,000.00 went.

    Because of criminally lax controls, I have little doubt that a substantial portion of that lost money eventually ended up paying for materials to make IED’s!

  2. sheepdays Says:

    Holy crap! I almost hate to know these things. I’m at a loss, honestly. I don’t understand, even though I know their reasons, why they are spending this colossal sum of money on this ill-fated war when they are absolutely unwilling in any way to fortify social security, socialize medicine, educate our children equally regardless of the wealth of the school district, etc. Nevertheless, they will probably still find the billions to build a wall on the border.

  3. Alex Says:

    This is really powerful stuff. Hard to read, really. But important to be aware of…

  4. Charles Says:

    I heard a little more trivia about the $12 billion in cash story on NPR this morning — That much cash weighs a little more than 360 TONS.


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