davidd (davidd) wrote,

The Surge

The fifth U.S. helicopter in less than three weeks was shot down in Iraq today.

How many of their helicopters have we shot down? Oh, wait. They don't use helicopters... and they're still kicking our *sses!

The Marines say they need to replace their outdated helicopters, but don't have the funds.

Uhm... it seems to me that you could buy a lot of helicopters for two billion dollars a week.

How the h*ll can anybody spend two billion dollars a week on anything? How the h*ll can anybody spend two billion dollars a week and not pick up a few dozen helicopters while they're at it?

For a running tally of the cost of the war in Iraq to date, check this out!.

So far, based on a population of 27-million, we've spent over thirteen-thousand dollars per Iraqi trying to kill them all. But they're not all dead yet. That doesn't seem very efficient. If you count only actual officially dead Iraqis, the cost is more like FIVE AND A HALF MILLION DOLLARS PER DEAD GUY!* That's counting dead girls, too, and dead little kids in their pajamas (Note: don't look at this link -- I did and I'm regretting it).

This whole idea of stirring up a genocidal civil conflict so the Iraqis will kill one another is way too expensive. If Bush -- and our congress and senate, who keep approving the appropriations for this -- want them all dead, why not just nuke 'em?

Better yet: why not just write a check to Dick Cheney and his Halliburton buddies for a trillion dollars and just say we killed 'em?


* Of course, if you go by these numbers, it only costs about half a million dollars to kill an Iraqi. Still, doesn't that seem like kind of a lot?

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