According to this excellent MSNBC piece, the amount of money being spent in
The National Priorities Project, which uses a calculation based on U.S. budget appropriations (looking at what has already been spent and extrapolating the level of future spending based on this), estimates that the total money spent or allocated comes to about $255 million per day.
That is a little less than $1.8 billion a week, including both military and non-military spending.
Other estimates, however, also factor in other costs, such as the financial loss resulting from the deaths of soldiers, as well as future costs that do not show up in current appropriations, like equipment replacement and interest on the deficits being created.
If you add those and other costs to the total tab, the cost of the war is as much as $7.1 billion a month, and the total cost could top $1 trillion.Not included in either of those accounting methods are the financial and economic impact on
At the very same time the cost of health care has skyrocketed for businesses and employees without an end in sight in
Let's hope the drain on our country's human and fiscal capitol can be staunched somewhat with the departure of Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld, the former chairman of Gilead Sciences, the developers of Tamiflu that profited mightily from the imaginary bird flu pandemic.
The costs of war are often high, and human life is precious. Whether you support or oppose the war in