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Posted on Jun 15, 2006

In the wake of the emergency spending bill Congress just sent to President Bush, America will have allocated just under $320 billion for the war in Iraq. That’s a big number; it’s certainly more than the $50 billion that Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld initially predicted in January 2003.

The price tag is so large, in fact, that it has almost become an abstraction. So to put that number into context, we’re asking our readers to chime in with suggestions as to what else you could buy for $320 billion. Please use the comment box at the bottom of the page to submit your suggestions, and e-mail this page around to your friends to see what they come up with.

We’ll get it started with a few suggestions already floating around on the Internet.

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  • Implement the Kyoto Protocol in America
    Source: Cass Sunstein, author and U. of Chicago Law School professor. (Using numbers crunched by two Yale economists, Sunstein points out that $300 billion is roughly what it would have cost the U.S. to abide by the international greenhouse gas-fighting agreement.)

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  • At least double U.S. auto efficiency by 2015 by investing in hybrid research
    Source: The Left Coaster blog

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  • Buy 545,000 state-of-the-art electronic voting machines with paper trails
    Source: The Left Coaster blog

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  • Fully fund global anti-hunger efforts for 12 years
    Source: National Priorities Project

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  • Give a $100,000 bonus to every public school teacher in the country.
    Source: Ben Tracy WCCO-TV (CBS)

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    By lonnie, June 8, 2007 at 8:45 pm Link to this comment
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    Hire about 20 lawyers, and send to jail all the crooks responsible for allowing that kind of money to be flushed down the toilet

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    By paul berner, July 11, 2006 at 11:12 am Link to this comment
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    make millionaires of everyone in the united states.

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    By Naturally Abrasive, June 27, 2006 at 2:22 am Link to this comment
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    I wonder how many solar panels and wind turbines that would buy?  Just imagine hundreds of billions of dollars in solar panels covering the Mojave desert…  How much energy would it produce?  How much hydrogen could be produced using that energy?

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    By Franklin Schroeter, June 25, 2006 at 9:54 pm Link to this comment
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    1.  Invest in silk ropes and nooses for the top one thousand civilian and military officials in the Bush Administration and make certain they are used forthwith.

    2.  Give every member of the faculty at Yale University his/her retirement beginning tomorrow at full pay and all benefits.  Then set about hiring a new faculty that will somehow avoid producing another GW Bush or Bill Clinton.  Then install Juan Cole as Dean of the Faculty.

    3.  Set aside a billion or so for a competition among law firms for who can come up with the best plan for bringing to their respective knees, hopefully in bankruptcy, the major war profiteers,  including but not limited to Halliburton,  Bechtel,  and the list goes on.

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    By guitarsandmore, June 25, 2006 at 6:42 pm Link to this comment
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    Grants for students who want to get through college and graduate debt free.  I keep seeing advertisements for student loans and also hearing about students working for years and years trying to pay off their student loans.  Everyone makes a big deal about how many engineers China graduates or India graduates compared to the USA.  Perhaps if we treated our engineers better then more students would go into engineering.  A good place to start would be to eliminate tuition for residents.

    The more educated and trained people we have in this country the fewer jobs we will have to farm out to other countries.

    Pump the money into free education.  There was a time when all you had to do in California was be a resident and you could attend a university without paying tuition.  Those days are long gone.  Let’s bring them back.

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    By ken ashley, June 25, 2006 at 2:57 pm Link to this comment
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    Can not put it on a quantitative basis but the war bucks would go a long way to cleaning up all of the forests in the National and State parks and give the forest service a budget to prevent ATV folks from devastating them. Grants could be allocated to private forest owners as well to additionally help reduce the chance of uncontrollable forest fires, thus replacing the natural process (total burning), which is no longer available. No private companies would be allowed to participate. This would be conducted as an equivalent to the CCC and WPA of the past. Not efficient? Doesn’t matter. Is war? The trash would go to providing heating, electricity, etc.

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    By Tim Bickford, June 25, 2006 at 9:37 am Link to this comment
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    Just Imagine, that much money used to employ Citizens.  They could be working introducing multiple sources of alternative energy.  Factories could be producing the best wind turbines for use here and maybe else where.  Hydrogen could be produced by electrolisis from the excess power of some of these wind turbines.  All our engines could be adjusted to run off hydrogen.

    We could be taking major steps toward cleaning our atmosphere and our water.  The nations health would be better because we would stop dumping tons of toxins into the ecosystem that poisons all of us. 

    I guess it just makes too much sense.  We are lead by people who would rather support a class structure that ensures death, destruction, disease, & strife for all but a chosen few.

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    By One little MINOR detail - "DEFICIT" but don't t, June 23, 2006 at 10:06 am Link to this comment
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    TO:  Tom Morrison


    One little itty bitty MINOR detail Tom,  the US DEFICIT = BANKRUPTCY!  They don’t LOVE us any more!

    I hope YOUR answer is the same when the USA DEFAULTS!  And YOU can’t afford to feed YOUR family or YOUR 401k tanks worse than 911, or the true PAYING jobs just float away more and more.  And YOU live ARGENTINA without even leaving the US shores! Imagine that NOT even having to board a plane for a foreign country!

    Try Princeton, Duke, UCLA, Wharton, Harvard for a education within: economics 101; World Markets, International Finance, Currency, Central Bankers, etc. 

    Don’t forget to take a pic of
    ” IN GOD WE TRUST “!  LOL

    oh my YOUR LOGIC in post ” Comment #12123 by Tom Morrison on 6/21 at 3:59 am” is well shall we say:

    equal to “lack of and experience within”  FINANCIAL WORLD MARKET KNOWLEDGE!

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    By dean c nataro, June 23, 2006 at 5:17 am Link to this comment
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    Give it to me.

    DC(Brewster’s Billions)Nataro

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    By Mary Alice, June 22, 2006 at 1:40 pm Link to this comment
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    A cycle of poverty and ignorance is perpetuated when semi-literate people, many of whom have no concept of the importance of education, have children who, in turn, pass this culture on to their own children. For the money we have spent in Iraq we could start to address how to break this cycle that dooms millions to having no chance at the American dream. How? Put the best teachers in the worst areas with whatever it takes to guarantee that these have schools a safe environment. Make the student-teacher ratio never more than 10 to one. Have the schools open 6-7am until 9-10pm. Immerse these children in a curriculum that is made irresistible by the people who know how to do this. We know that they are out there. Most of us have had the luck to have at least one teacher like that in our lifetime.  Have before and after school programs created by the people who know how to fashion programs that would be attractive to these children and contribute to their mental and social growth. See that there are mentors and tutors at every step to assure that “No Child Left Behind” is a fact, not a hollow sound bite.

    Sound like sappy liberal do-goodism? Well, it’s not. We would end up with educated, confident and productive Americans making their way in the world and adding to the quality of all oue lives. But breaking the cycle of ignorance must be the first step.

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    By Harmony Cannon, June 22, 2006 at 12:02 am Link to this comment
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    But George said the oil revenues from Iraq would cover the cost of the war and it would not cost me anything. Did somebody lie to me?
    Not that, that would make any difference. War is just plain evil. No matter what the cost.

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    By Chris Long, June 21, 2006 at 3:26 pm Link to this comment
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    Well, lets see, the Iraq war is about oil, slaughter and death for energy.
    It costs about 100 billion to replace 5% of the 21 billion barrels of oil that we use, with the electrical energy equivilent as produced by wind power.
    The 320 billion spent on the Iraq war is enough to replace 16% of our oil consumption with wind power.

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    By Albie, June 21, 2006 at 1:44 pm Link to this comment
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    I agree with the previous comment from the floor trader… It’s all cooked and It’s all about the money.. Take a look at the dollar and the treasuries… that’s reality and you ain’t seen nothin yet… Look Out below…!

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    By Arlene Hoffman Wieland, June 21, 2006 at 11:26 am Link to this comment
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    ...and the still needed HEALTH CARE FOR ALL!

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    By Daniel Fyffe, June 21, 2006 at 8:56 am Link to this comment
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    Perhaps on account of questionable Yale educations, in coming across this quote it becomes apparent how some never learn:
    “In joining battle, seek the quick victory. If battle is protracted, your weapons will be blunted and your troops demoralized. If you lay siege to a walled city, you exhaust your strength. If your armies are kept in the field for a long time, your national reserves will not suffice. Where you have blunted your weapons, demoralized your troops, exhausted your strength and depleted all available resources, the neighboring rulers will take advantage of your adversity to strike. And even with the wisest of counsel, you will not be able to turn the ensuing consequences to the good. There never has been a state that has benefited from an extended war.”
    -Sun Tzu/ The Art of War, 500 B.C.
    Could we have found Bin Laden for 320 billion?
    To secure our future survival, may we introduce to the world an identical denial based decision making madness to that which ended the Roman empire and landed us in Iraq.  Let’s place a few hundred Wal-Marts from Basra to Mosul or better yet, let’s try the same in Sudan and let them Sudanis eat some of our cake.
    Education/schmeducation, health-care/schmelt-care and hmm…, how would that be tongue twistingly converted to global warming?
    Why pretend priorities are straight while it is easier to recline in front a computer, yip-yap and spew a few sentences of possibilities of what we could have done and consequently return to business as usual?

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    By Bob Hunter, June 21, 2006 at 7:11 am Link to this comment
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    At $10,000 per year for a state university education; that’s 32,000,000 school years, or 4 years of college for 8,000,000,000 poor and middle class kids, like the ones who are fighting the war and the ones with huge student loans.

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    By Tom Morrison, June 21, 2006 at 3:59 am Link to this comment
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    While the bill for Iraq is somewhere between 3 and 400 billion dollars, it is important to remember the majority of those dollars probably remain in the United States, paid to American companies who then subcontract the work or service to subcontracters who subcontract…etc. The actual amount that ends up in Iraq or outside the U.S.economic system is unclear though it can’t be totally opaque. My guess is half or less of the sums budgeted. War is profitable for the American system. It is politically useful as well to distract the voters in the customary bait and switch method. It is unlikely that the money spent destroying Iraq would ever be directed to rational humane use in the United States or directed to the international world in need.
    The slogan has always seemed to be billions for defense/offense. When not for that, tax relief for the rich appears primary.
    Tom

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    By secretmojo, June 21, 2006 at 1:00 am Link to this comment
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    one hundred ninety-five world trade centers.

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    By CRIMINAL NEGLECT to the American People!, June 20, 2006 at 6:18 pm Link to this comment
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    TO ALL REPUBLICANS (PUBLIC THIEVES)& DEMOCRATS (RATS)

    that just Voted to LEAVE the troops in the IED IRAQ RIZT CARLTON…...You have Blood dripping from YOUR HANDS, literally.  Hope you sleep at night w/ torture!

    You are responsible for YOUR INCOMPETENT decisions.  I sincerely HOPE that YOU will step UP to the plate (including YOU HILLARY CLINTON) and explain YOUR INCOMPETENCE to the parents of these soldiers that were just tortured!

    PS:  Hillary only TRUE HONESTY will NOW win, check dictionary for same meaning of SEX!
    Another one bites the dust!

    C R I M I N A L   ___N E G L E C T

    After BUSH Bankrupts this country relative to his phoney WAR….explain the HYPER - INFLATION aka TAX; TRUE UNEMPLOYMENT; HIGH COST OF LIVING STANDARDS FORCED ON ALL; GASOLINE at 3.00 a gallon; Grocerries through the ROOF;  MORE POVERTY THAN EVER to your people. 

    Yep just KEEP RIGHT on Bleeding the American Wallets, Bring IT ON. (good JOB GEORGIE).

    The American people are NOT SO STUPID…...they WILL REMEMEBR WHAT YOU HAVE DONE TO THEIR WALLETS!
    —————————————————————-
    Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn.,

    TIME TO DIG INTO YOUR BLIND TRUST via the stocks!  Hmmmmm what do you own?  Wanta tell all?  Now don’t lie.
    FRIST quality equals that of ENRON.  Are you sure YOU didn’t work there FRIST?
    _________________________________________________


    We cannot retreat. We cannot surrender. We cannot go wobbly. The price is far too high,” Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., said Tuesday, suggesting Democrats want to do just that.

    Sen. Carl Levin (news, bio, voting record) of Michigan, the top Democrat on the Armed Services Committee, disputed the GOP characterization of the resolution that would call for U.S. troops to start leaving Iraq this year.

    “It’s not a cut-and-run strategy. It does not set a fixed timetable or an arbitrary deadline for the redeployment of our troops,” he said. “We believe it represents where a majority of our caucus is.”

    With midterm elections less than five months away, Republicans are working to highlight divisions in the Democratic Party on Iraq as they seek to hang onto control of the House and Senate when polls show the public favoring a power shift to Democrats.

    A week ago, the GOP-controlled Senate and House engineered back-to-back votes on Iraq that forced lawmakers in both parties to go on record on the war that polls show most Americans no longer support amid a rising U.S. death toll and a soaring price tag. In the end, both chambers of Congress soundly rejected timetables for pulling U.S. forces out of Iraq.

    Led by Levin, Senate Democrats have spent the past week writing a proposal on Iraq that could get wide support among their rank and file. At the same time, Kerry and Feingold announced they would press their own separate proposals calling for a quick U.S. withdrawal from Iraq.

    A somewhat curious pairing, the two joined forces — and offered one amendment — after failing in private meetings to convince fellow Democrats that the so-called “consensus” proposal should include what they call “a date certain” for all U.S. forces to have left Iraq.

    Feingold first proposed withdrawing from Iraq in a speech last summer, but his position has been overshadowed by Kerry, who has a stronger national profile because of his status as the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee.

    Both are positioning for possible presidential runs in 2008, and their positions on Iraq play well with the liberal wing of the party — the Democratic faithful who will vote for the next Democratic presidential nominee.

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    By Paul, June 20, 2006 at 4:20 pm Link to this comment
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    Having just returned from the Gulf Coast, not the other one, ours.  Put at least 100 b into that area, the rest we spend on health care, schools, roads, you know infrastructure, that type of thing.  Puttting folks back to work with a living wage.  Insignificant sh-t like that.  Where nobody loses and everyone wins.

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    By jon b, June 20, 2006 at 4:02 pm Link to this comment
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    $320 billion translates to roughly $1,100 per person including babies. I can’t imagine the high level of economic stimulation if each and everyone of us get the said amount.

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    By 3reddogs, June 20, 2006 at 11:31 am Link to this comment
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    Keep the social security program solvent for God only knows how many more years.  (So shoot me ... I’m 58 years old and I’ve been paying into social security since I was 16!)

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    By Tomack, June 20, 2006 at 8:50 am Link to this comment
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    With 320 billion we could build one massive space vehicle powered by fossil fuel that would send approximately 100 politicians and industrialists (the choices are obvious) into deep space. This would not be a cruelty because I have no doubt that when the fuel ran out they would find more.

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    By RogerARTcom, June 19, 2006 at 6:34 pm Link to this comment
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    Three Hundred Twenty Billion

    would Set Up A Community Center in every

    Neighborhood, Village, Town, Tribe, City

    All Around OUR Earth and Connect them all Together…

    U Know… 4 the Children on OUR Earth

    more info about how 2 do it 4 less at

    http://www.OneGlobalCommunity.com

    Let’s Build It, NOW

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    By Harry, June 19, 2006 at 6:21 pm Link to this comment
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    Build and freely distribute 30,000,000+ hybrid cars and eliminate our dependence on foreign fuels. Build a decent national mass transport system.

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    By joann, June 19, 2006 at 12:52 pm Link to this comment
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    Well, with $320 billion, one could establish a compound interest, million dollar savings account for every man worman and child in the United States. Then upon their death, all the money could revert to the US Treasury and through the “miracle of compound interest” could bail US out of Bush’s current debt.

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    By Ga, June 19, 2006 at 12:19 pm Link to this comment
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    We spend $320 Billion…

    But JUST WHO GETS all that money? I’d love to see that pie chart!

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    By David Bomse, June 19, 2006 at 8:40 am Link to this comment
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    $320 Billion is nearly $12,000 for every man, woman, and child in Iraq, and 3.5 times the country’s GDP per capita.  Just handing out the money would have greatly improved Iraqi’s standard of living, and won us many friends.

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    By The Angry WoodChuck, June 19, 2006 at 7:32 am Link to this comment
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    Here are the stats:

    Population Clocks
    U.S. 299,013,919
    World 6,523,158,468
    13:59 GMT (EST+5) Jun 19, 2006

    Lets see 320,000,000,000/299,013,919=$1070.18 for every american (no matter age)
    320,000,000,000/6,523,158,468=$49.05 for every person in the world

    Or lets see we are spending it in one place so lets regionalize that math….
    Source for Mid East numbers… http://www.mideastweb.org/geogpop.htm

    Total Mid-East pop: 465,263,512
    Thats 21 countries so lets do that math
    320,000,000,000/465,263,512=$687.78For every citizen in the entire region….
    OK So How about just Iraq
    Pop: 26,783,383
    So 320,000,000,000/26,783,383=$11,947.70 Per Iraq Citizen

    Can we say…..ABSURD

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    By " MISSION ACCOMPLISHED ", June 18, 2006 at 6:49 pm Link to this comment
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    GEORGE BUSH & CO ARE TWINS OF ENRON CORPORATION

          ONLY DIFFERENCE IT’S YOUR MONEY!

          ”  MISSION ACCOMPLISHED “

        US GOVERNMENT B A N K R U P T C Y

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    By BUSH " BLOOD " is dripping from your hands!, June 18, 2006 at 6:10 pm Link to this comment
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    MORE I N C O M P E N T E N T Military Management

    Rummy and Bush, YOU BOTH have BLOOD dripping from YOUR hands!  Great Job Rummy!  What INCOMPETENT Generals are running the show?  The same ones WHO can’t plan, can’t speak up as to the numbers: try another 200,000 soldiers.  Generals stay inside the safe green zone, not to venture onto the IED RITZ CARLTON ROADS aka “the sandbox”!  NEVER! 

    Where is the accountability?  WHERE?

    USA Government is ENRONS twin at it’s best!
    _________________________________________________

    What these families might be going through ONLY BUSH & CO might imagine!

    ________________________________________________

    Masked gunmen took U.S. troops, Iraqi says

    BAGHDAD, Iraq - An Iraqi farmer said Sunday that he saw seven heavily armed gunmen capture two American soldiers during an attack on a road checkpoint south of Baghdad, while U.S. troops searched for their comrades for a second day.

    Another Iraqi said the Americans were offering $100,000 for information leading to the abductors, but the U.S. command denied that.

    The White House promised to do everything it could to find the soldiers and said it had a message for anybody who may have taken the two men: “Give them back.”
    Gunmen, meanwhile, kidnapped 10 bakery workers in Baghdad, and a mortar attack killed four people in the capital. Police also found 17 bodies around the city, including four women and a teenager handcuffed and shot in the head — apparently the latest victims of sectarian death squads.

    While suffering the new blows to his effort to restore security in Baghdad, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki pushed ahead with negotiations on a plan for reconciling the country’s ethnic and religious communities.

    But his proposal, which would include a limited pardon for insurgents according to a draft obtained by The Associated Press, has been snarled by stark differences on that issue among the various groups, legislators said Sunday.

    U.S. troops, backed by helicopters and warplanes, fanned out across the “Triangle of Death” south of Baghdad searching for the two missing servicemen, but the military offered no new information after saying Saturday that at least four raids had been carried out.

    The predominantly Sunni region is the scene of frequent ambushes of U.S. soldiers and Iraqi troops.

    Ahmed Khalaf Falah, a farmer who said he witnessed the abduction of the Americans on Friday, said three Humvees were manning a U.S. checkpoint near Youssifiyah, about 12 miles south of Baghdad, when they came under fire from many directions.

    Two Humvees chased after the assailants, but the third was attacked before it could move, he told AP. Seven masked gunmen, including one carrying what appeared to be a heavy machine gun, killed the driver of the third vehicle, then took the other two soldiers captive, Falah said.

    Falah said tensions were high in the area as U.S. troops raided some houses and detained men in looking for the missing soldiers. He said the Americans were setting up checkpoints on all roads leading into the area of the attack and helicopters were hovering at low altitudes.

    A Youssifiyah resident, who said his house was searched by U.S. soldiers Sunday afternoon, said the Americans were using translators to offer $100,000 for information leading to those who took the soldiers.

    The U.S. military denied a reward had been offered. It said only that coalition and Iraqi forces were continuing the search and “will continue to use every resource available.”

    The man in Youssifiyah said he would not cooperate.

    “I will not do it even if they pay one million dollars,” he said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he feared retribution. “They deserve all that they are facing ... we are living a hard life because of them.”

    White House spokesman Tony Snow said he could not confirm the two missing soldiers were abducted, but he told “Fox News Sunday” that anybody who might be holding them should “give them back.”

    “Obviously, there is a vigorous effort to try to locate them and to bring them back safely,” he said in an interview with CNN.

    Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said the soldiers appeared to have been taken prisoner. “Hopefully they will be found and released as soon as possible,” he said on CNN’s “Late Edition.”

    The U.S. military said Saturday that soldiers at a nearby checkpoint heard small-arms fire and explosions during the attack at 7:15 p.m. Friday, and a quick-reaction force reached the scene within 15 minutes. The force found one soldier dead but no signs of the other two.

    Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, spokesman for U.S. forces in     Iraq, said blocking positions were established throughout the area within an hour of the attack to keep suspects from fleeing. He also said divers would search a Euphrates River canal near the attacked outpost.

    The two soldiers were the first to go missing in the Iraq war since Sgt. Keith M. Maupin of Batavia, Ohio, was captured on April 9, 2004, when insurgents ambushed his fuel convoy west of Baghdad.

    A week later, Al-Jazeera television aired a videotape showing the 20-year-old Maupin sitting on the floor surrounded by five masked men holding automatic rifles.

    That June, Al-Jazeera aired another tape purporting to show a U.S. soldier being shot. But the dark, grainy tape showed only the back of the victim’s head and did not show the actual shooting. The Army ruled it was inconclusive whether the soldier was Maupin.

    Elsewhere in Iraq, U.S. and Iraqi troops met little resistance as they established new outposts in southern Ramadi in an operation aimed at denying supplies to insurgents in Iraq’s biggest Sunni Arab city.

    U.S. commanders said the move wasn’t the precursor to a rumored assault to drive out insurgents along the lines of the 2004 attack in Fallujah, but rather an “isolation” tactic.

    ___

    Associated Press writers Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Patrick Quinn, Sameer N. Yacoub, Sinan Salaheddin and Qais al-Bashir contributed to this report.

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    By A.C, June 18, 2006 at 2:10 pm Link to this comment
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    I think that amount would easily fund a socialized healthcare system for a while. And while we’re at it, how about a ‘Manhattan Project’ whose sole aim is to create new or increase the efficiency of non fossil fuel energy sourceds for both utilities and transportation.

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    By arjay, June 18, 2006 at 12:49 pm Link to this comment
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    How about real (not just for profit) Health Care? The rest of the developed world has enjoyed it for years. France, Germany, Britain, Canada…

    America used to lead the way in so many fields. Now we are only the first in squandering money.

    And perhaps high-tech weapons and torture.

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    By Maryam Mahie, June 17, 2006 at 11:06 pm Link to this comment
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    The population of the world ( Planet earth) is 6 or 7 billion. If out of this $320.00 billion two billion was given to each person ( that is only $14.00 billion) There would be no poverty, no hunger, and no more war anywhere on earth. Countries, instead of spending money on WAR and Defense could spend it on peace and hapiness for all.

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    By Pearson Cotton, June 17, 2006 at 10:16 pm Link to this comment
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    Start a massive apprenticeship program in every city in America for children k-12 to spend half of the regular prison cell school room day out in the community shadowing real people doing real valuable things instead of having strangers indoctrinate our children with meaningless school activities. $300 billion would certainly bring out volunteers from every profession and be fairly compensated for working with students showing what they do to contribute to their community.
    What a novel idea to have kids learn valuable life and professional skills while they are growing up instead of waiting 18 years to send them out into the real world with no idea what they want to do.

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    By xargaw, June 17, 2006 at 10:11 pm Link to this comment
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    If I was a DEM running for office I would have a list of what this money could fund starting with Katrina, Homeland Security, Healthcare. I would repeat this number everytime a camera was in front of me, just like Bush says 9/11 every other sentence. Let this dollar amount be our 9/11 phrase. The people are overwhelmingly opposed to the War now. When what it is costing them is drilled into their head 100 times a day, they will soon hate the Bush Administration.

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    By Linda Gould, June 17, 2006 at 5:51 pm Link to this comment
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    Let’s see. We are spending $320 billion on a war in Iraq to fight them there so we don’t have to fight them here. Meanwhile, report after report declares our port security system is woefully inadequate, with only 5% of containers entering the country being inspected. I don’t know how much it would cost, but surely some of that $320 billion could be better spent on securing our ports on the off chance (likely chance many experts say) that a couple of those terrorists decide they don’t want to fight the war over there anymore, but want to bring it to our shores.
    It seems like a no brainer to me.
    Oh, I forgot, Bush’s brain was a little preoccupied with a grand jury investigation. Maybe he’ll get to work on securing our ports now that the investigation is over.

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    By Charles, June 17, 2006 at 10:46 am Link to this comment
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    Buy for their workers a handful of Fortune 500 companies so that those who actually do the work might also run the companies—maybe even in the public interest (as opposed to the interest of shareholders only)—and split amongst themselves the profits. This might start a trend, should the workers prove more competent than managers and those in the board rooms, and I’ve not much doubt workers would prove themselves more competent.

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    By History of George BUSH Presidency = Bankrupt the, June 17, 2006 at 10:23 am Link to this comment
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    To ALL:

    Just remember what George Bush did with HIS past companies he owned and created.

      -    B A N K R U P T C Y   -

    BUT THIS TIME THE AMERICAN PUBLIC WILL PAY DIRECTLY FOR ALL OF GEORGE BUSHES MISTAKES.

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    By rob payne, June 17, 2006 at 7:19 am Link to this comment
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    We could fund the no child left behind program.
    Buy up to date text books for school districts that cannot afford them.
    Undo the cuts to the Veterans Administration implemented by Bush.
    We could help victims of Katrina.
    We could use it offset the problems with Medicare.
    Some of it could go to community colleges that have been hurting financially for some time now.
    Invest some of it in research and development which would be good for the economy or for medical research for killer diseases.
    It could be used as aid for the families of all the people who have died from the war in Iraq, both American and Iraqi.
    We could use it to pay for lunches for all the little kids that live in poverty here in America.

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    By ray, June 17, 2006 at 5:59 am Link to this comment
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    Give the money to the Iraqis directly.  After all we’ve done to them, they more than deserve it.

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    By Lance, June 17, 2006 at 3:13 am Link to this comment
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    Too late, certainly, but I’ll bet we could have bought off Saddam for less than half that amount.

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    By Jack Stevenson, June 16, 2006 at 7:48 pm Link to this comment
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    If you were to spend $1000 dollars a day, every day, how long would it take to spend a billion dollars?

    The answer is: more than 2700 years.

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    By Mark, June 16, 2006 at 7:30 pm Link to this comment
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    I dont get this… When will these people realize you can’t buy yourself a nice democratic country like everyone wants out of that place[iraq]?  It will never be peaceful over there again, seriously, I mean all these people are crazy and wanna kill and torture eachother for pretty much no reason.  Were Britain’s colonies in America full of people like that when then revolted to produce our country? No way, they all very much united behind the idea of creating their own place to save money, in short.  But that is a darn good reason to cooperate, so that in part is why America has been so successful.  These people all absolutely hate eachother, the only way to get them to settle down was a nutcase dictator.  We wasted all our money on this stupid corporate gamble.  And the messed up thing is that the companies are all making a lot of money right now while the government goes broke, but the government’s action produced the circumstances for the corporations to make the money. The only logical conclusion one might come to is that the corporations control the government and make it attack a sh*thole parts of the world.  This Iraq sh*thole is the nastiest piece of real estate in the middle east.  Cut and run now and then somehow figure out the situation of depreciation our states and cities are in and getting the companies to give us all our money back and give the soldiers their lives back.  We need to take care of ourselves.  Let them attack us, you can never stop it.  Stop being afraid people! the chances that you personally will be killed in a terrorist attack are extremely slim, so chill out.  Stop giving our government money because you are afraid and think that the government will be able to protect you- they really could care less about you and they took the money and spent it all on a bullsh&t war and a sandy piece of sh&t dump.  America is officially in decline, china will be the new America is 50 years and we’ll be the new England- the country everyone talks about for USED to being so great but now pretty much sucks and does what other countries tell it.

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    By DEFAULT on the Treasury BONDS coming to a show NE, June 16, 2006 at 5:01 pm Link to this comment
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    Just wait till Bush and Co DEFAULT on the Treasury BONDS.  Can Daddy BUSH dig you out Georgie? 

    You think Americans are MAD now wait till the Commodities Index takes off AGAIN.  Just add on another 30 - 40 percent to your food and energy bill.  Can we say zoooooooooooooom.

    BRING IT ON.  I can’t wait to laugh in the RED BOYS FACE!


    Oh Georgie you are such a smart man. (LOL)


    Yeap even FIXEN those good OLD government weekly numbers.  Just remember need another lie to cover the first lie and another lie to cover the second.  Do we have ENRON inside the government?(LOL)

    Floor Traders realize it’s all “COOKED”!

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    By Adam M, June 16, 2006 at 4:27 pm Link to this comment
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    How about a check for $1280 for every man, woman and child in the country.

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    By Kurt, June 16, 2006 at 4:18 pm Link to this comment
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    $320 Billion could buy 2.46 Marshall Plans assuming the original cost of the Marshall Plan $13 Billion was adjusted for inflation to $130 Billion.

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    By Gary Leiser, June 16, 2006 at 2:39 pm Link to this comment
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    The actual cost of Iraq is far more than $320 billion because money for Iraq is syphoned from military budgets that are not labled “Iraq.” In other words, much of the “normal” operating budgets of the Armed services is being drained away for this purpose.

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    By DivaJean, June 16, 2006 at 1:19 pm Link to this comment
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    Every Big Mac ever sold.

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    By Big Bill, June 16, 2006 at 12:49 pm Link to this comment
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    Pay for the infrastructure for an electric based transport systems (trains, cars, long haul trucks). Plus help the Automakers to retool.

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    By Roberto, June 16, 2006 at 12:07 pm Link to this comment
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    Give it to me. I’ll use it to achieve what the entire world wants including over 60% of Americans, overthrow the Bush regime.
    I’ll hire 1,000,000 ex-military/special forces soldiers pay them each $500,000 (1/2 billion down) equip them w/ the latest combat equipment, a few dozen tanks and some combat jets (i’ll buy them from the Chinese-cheaper, more reliable).  The 1.2 billion left will be used to settle any lawsuits filed b/c of the cuop.
    Of course, I’ll be the one replacing Bush and…what the hell I’ll take down Congress too. All the crooks are in the same town. Did anyone say two for the price of one?  You guys will be getting a deal from me.
    I’ll be your hailed Philosopher King. It won’t be that bad.  I’m not religious and I like to think, and read often and I got B’s in school.

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    By David Alden, June 16, 2006 at 11:05 am Link to this comment
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    $320 billion would fund 128,000 new teachers for 50 years, at a salary of $50,000 per year.

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    By John, June 16, 2006 at 10:40 am Link to this comment
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    1) Buy everyone in the world a copy of Sam Harris’s book “The End Of Faith”

    2) With the remaining dollars we set up support groups that are designed to help the victims with the tricks that have been played on them by our so called spiritual leaders.

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    By anonymous, June 16, 2006 at 10:15 am Link to this comment
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    Pay for a whole season’s worth of gas for NASCAR.

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    By Karl Lengel, June 16, 2006 at 10:09 am Link to this comment
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    Diabetes.

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    By Carey Allen, June 16, 2006 at 8:56 am Link to this comment
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    That fortune is more than sufficient to fund research programs to develop commercial fusion power, vaccines for TB and malaria, and put a million students through university.

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    By Charlie Parisek, June 16, 2006 at 5:31 am Link to this comment
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    Provide me with a little nest egg for my retirement.

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    By spiiderweb, June 16, 2006 at 3:02 am Link to this comment
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    Establish 10 Bill and Linda Gates Foundations. Gawd, the good you could do.

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    By Frank, June 15, 2006 at 11:37 pm Link to this comment
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    I think we can fund both WWI & WW2 can’t we? How about cure cancer, cure aids, educate our children… hell lets educate our adults to pay attention to what’s really being done in our name. I hope for our sake this thing works out somehow, that something worth it all comes about, either with our without our “help.”

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