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Military Spending Boggles the Mind

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Posted on Jan 19, 2007

The Pentagon estimates that the cost of the Iraq war will reach $8.4 billion a month this year, or $9.7 billion if you include Afghanistan.

That’s up from $8 billion a month last year, and $4.4 billion back in 2003.

Either America was getting twice as much war for half the price four years ago, or someone is inflating his budget.

Gordon R. England says the Pentagon has to spend more to replace and repair expensive vehicles, and that may be. But in a secret memo the deputy secretary of defense also encouraged the Pentagon to boost its estimates for war costs.


Reuters via LA Times:

The Pentagon has been estimating last year’s costs for the increasingly unpopular war at about $8 billion a month. It rose from a monthly “burn rate” of about $4.4 billion during the first year of fighting in fiscal 2003.

During testimony at a House Budget Committee hearing, Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon R. England said that nearly four years into the war, costs were rising because big-ticket items such as helicopters, airplanes and armored vehicles that are wearing out or were lost in combat had to be replaced.

When U.S. combat costs in Afghanistan are factored in, the Pentagon will spend about $9.7 billion a month during the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30, Pentagon spokesmen said.

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By yours truly, January 20, 2007 at 11:52 am Link to this comment
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This entire show is nothing but same old same old business as usual status quo, what with Empire running amok in some distant land; meanwhile we’re being squeezed and bled dry here at home.

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By Rodney Matthews, January 20, 2007 at 11:21 am Link to this comment
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Just look at the war profiteers and you car see where the money went. This is nothing but legal looting of the U.S treasury bu the Bush adminstration and his friends. The Democratic party should immediately begin auditing every company that made money off the war and start putting the people in jail who has stolen, looted,and misused American treasury. That includes Bush Cheney and Halliburton.

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By DennisD, January 20, 2007 at 8:39 am Link to this comment
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When you factor in corruption, inflation and gratuity we’re getting off cheaply. The military industrial complex should be sending a thank you card to every taxpayer, their children and their children’s children in perpetuity.
War - who is good for….absolutely business.

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By xdoi, January 20, 2007 at 8:11 am Link to this comment
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Treasonous.

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By Skruff, January 20, 2007 at 7:23 am Link to this comment
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What amazes me is this clown and his retinue lable themselves “conservatives” and no one objects. Of course for old fart conservatives like me, this is as ridiculous as Clinton calling himself a “liberal”

No conservative leaves the country in deeper debt than when they arrived..

What we need is a true conservative who cuts the country’s spending by half. Chop chop chop with no sacred cows.  Cut social programs, defense, aid to our so called “friends” and salaries at the Federal level. 

Salaries for Senators should be twice the average wage for their individual state, and salaries for represenatives should be 10% above the avrage national wage.

With that formula, not one congress man or woman would be making half what they make today. 

How can we be represented by folks who are insulated from the problems working Americans face every day?

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By RLG, January 20, 2007 at 4:03 am Link to this comment
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All we have to do is get out of Iraq, bring our people home where they belong and then cut the pentagon budget in half. They waste more money and lives than anyone. Let’s use the savings for something much more important, the people whose money they are wasting.

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By rabblerowzer, January 20, 2007 at 3:23 am Link to this comment
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Bush aptly named himself the “War President,” and ironically that is the only true statement he has ever made.

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By toc, January 19, 2007 at 9:31 pm Link to this comment
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1% of the world’s GNP is spent by the
Department of Defence. One sent of every dollar of goods and services produced by all the people in the world is spent by the DOD. Staggering.

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By Moe Hare, January 19, 2007 at 8:12 pm Link to this comment
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“The Pentagon estimates that the cost of the Iraq war will reach $8.4 billion a month this year, or $9.7 billion if you include Afghanistan.”

It’s just unbelievable how some are becoming so rich, while others die fighting this “war on terror.”  Billions wasted, that could have been used to benefit humanity rather than to destroy it—what a disgrace!

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