Friday, July 06, 2007

Iraq Costs in Perspective

The Iraq War is costing $12 billion a month. That comes to $444 per Iraqi per month. The per capita income of Iraqis (in 2006) is $125 per month. We could quintuple the income of each and every Iraqi, raise their standards of living to exceed those in Russia or Venezuela, and still save money over what it is costing to kill Iraqis. I'm sure they would be willing to accept a lot less.

6 comments:

PoliShifter said...

That's startling. I hadn't thought of it that way before.

Would it be feasible to pull all our troops out and just issue checks to Iraqis?

Seems like it would be.

And if we did that, we would probably have even more leverage in negotiating the development of Iraq's oil fields vs. using force.

Anonymous said...

We are not killing Iraqis, you idiot. Al-Qaeda and Iranian backed terrorists are killing Iraqis. We are trying to protect Iraqi civilians.

Hoe ignorant could you be?

So, do you think that if the US left Iraq, the killing of Iraqi civilians would increase or decrease?

KnightErrant said...

It would be pleasant to believe the fantasy that the United States military is not killing Iraqis, both civilians and insurgents. We are killing Iraqis, sometimes "bad guys" but often innocents. I could list hundreds of examples, here is one.

PoliShifter said...

Anon, if you quadrupple Iraqi's salaries across the board, I can almost guarantee they won't be killing each other and any foreign fighters left they will drive out.

95% of the insurgency are Iraqis

Only 5% of them are foreign fighters.

Sorry to break it to you, but when you hear about U.S. troops killing insurgents or 125 dead in a Baghdad bombing, those are Iraqis.

I know that Bush continually lies to you and that you continually believe him. But ignorance is no excuse.

We were attacked by Terrorists carrying out a plan devised by Osama Bin Laden. Most of the 9/11 hijackers came from Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia sponsors terror all over the world. Yet here we are stuck in Iraq.

Anonymous said...

KE,

Bull. You can't admit that Al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups are the ones DELIBERATELY killing Iraqis.

Who did the market bomb that killed 125 Iraqis last week? Did the US do it or Al-Qaeda?

Who bombed the Golden Mosque? Was it America?

I see that you are incapable of seeing any evil unless you can blame it on the US military. But the terrorist attacks against civilians are done by Islamic terrorists. Admit it.

Anonymous said...

Just like KE can't accept that people are in prison because, maybe,... they COMMITTED CRIMES, in the same way, he cannot believe that the bombs going off in marketplaces in Iraq are the world of Islamic terrorists, not the US military.

I know that leftists always oppose Democracy, but this is too much..