Three Hundred Twenty Billion Little PiecesAmerica has allocated just under $320 billion to date on the Iraq war--a price tag so staggeringly large that it has almost become an abstraction. To help 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. (Primer: $320 billion would fund America's adoption of the Kyoto Protocol.)
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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