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War! What is it good for?

cost of iraqi warThe Iraq War is also known as The Occupation of Iraq, The Second Gulf War, Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation New Dawn and the war in Afghanistan allocated to date, $1.05 trillion dollars. This includes approved amounts through the end of 2010.

When you think about all the money that has been spent, do you wonder what the tradeoff is? Below are a few examples of what the taxpayers could have bought with the money that has been spent up to date on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

What are the tradeoffs?

→     $12.6 billion dollars for proposed ballistic missile defense in FY2011 = 192,956 Elementary School Teachers for One Year

→     $1.05 trillion dollars for total Iraq and Afghanistan war since 2001 = 15,851,218 Police or Sheriff’s Patrol Officers for One Year

→    $18.8 billion dollars for proposed Atomic Energy Defense Activities in FY2011 = 7,123,676 Children Receiving Low-Income Healthcare for one year

→    $747.3 billion dollars for total Iraq war spending since 2003 = 94,787,820 Scholarships for University Students for One Year

→    $299 billion dollars for total Afghanistan war spending since 2001= 5,233,973 Firefighters for One Year

→    $299 billion dollars for total Afghanistan war spending since 2001 = 180,549,950 Households with Renewable Electricity-Wind Power for one Year

→    $1.05 trillion dollars for total Iraq and Afghanistan war spending since 2001 = 161,677,766 People Receiving Low-Income Healthcare for One Year

Cited: National Priorities Project