War Costs Soar by a Third; Total Could Top $1.4 Trillion
It's not just the troops that are surging. War costs are up for American operations in Iraq -- way up, more than a third higher than last year. In the first half of this fiscal year, the Defense Department's "average monthly obligations for contracts and pay is running about $12 billion per month, well above the $8.7 billion in FY2006," says a new report, obtained by DANGER ROOM, from the non-partisan Congressional Research Service.
Meanwhile, Inside Defense reports that "top Pentagon budget and program officials have directed the military services to prepare spending proposals to finance Iraq and Afghanistan operations... through fiscal year 2009, which will span the last days of the Bush administration and the early months of the next administration."
$12 billion a month on war. I can’t even conceive of that much money, I’m sure few of us can, which is why it seems so unreal to us. Imagine if we spent $12 billion a month on, oh, I dunno, finding alternative fuels besides oil. Educating each and every child in America. Healthcare. Finding a cure for cancer. Housing the homeless. Anything.
Anything except war.
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”--Matthew 6:21; Luke 12:34.