The Cost of War

According to a counter I found at nationalpriorities.org our country has spent about 463 billion dollars so far on the war in Iraq, with more being spent every day and no end in sight. To me, that seems like an insane amount of money to be spending. What else could be done with that money? Here is one idea:

In 2000 the World Bank established its Millenium Development Goals that, if put in place, would go a long way to helping people throughout the world. Here are just a few of the goals they wanted to accomplish by 2015:

– Halve the proportion of people whose income is less than one dollar a day.
– Halve the proportion of people who suffer from hunger.
– Ensure that children everywhere will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling.
– Eliminate gender disparity to all levels of education.
– Reduce by two thirds the under-five mortality rate
– Reduce by three quarters the maternal mortality ratio.
– Have halted and begun to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS.
– Have halted and begun to reverse the incidence of malaria and other major diseases.
– Halve the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water.

The estimated cost to accomplish all these goals (plus the other ones I didn’t list) is 40 to 60 billion dollars a year, quite a bit less than the 145 billion dollars that was appropriated for the Iraq war in 2007 alone. I think we should take a serious look at how much money we are spending, money the government doesn’t even have and has to mortgage our nation’s future to get.  It’s time for a change.

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One Response

  1. Staggering when you look at the war in light of this info, it’s even sadder.
    The ‘opportunity cost’ of the war is huge; wake up America and get back to what you do best – be the good guys.

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