Cost of war at that the beginning of this blog entry: $492,737,622,437
I know that there are so many aspects of our lives that keep us busy and demand our attention. Presidential races, Celebrity drug overdoses, lots of shootings here and there and all the bills we all have to keep paying all keep us on our fearful toes.
So I must draw attention to the fact that we are still in a war. Let us see where we are at as of now. Well things in Baghdad look better. Anbar province looks more peaceful. Mosul on the other hand is a mess. Diyala province is also a mess. We are working to rest control of Mosul from the bad guys. My fellow blogger Najma is hunkering down with her family and trying not to get killed. Two professors from her school were gunned down within the last month and a bomb blast interrupted her final exams. This kid is something else. Despite all the crap befalling her city she still goes to school.
I am not a military man but I have a brain and can think. This situation does not seem to be much better at all. We are being fed the line that things are calming down. But what does that mean in the long run? As the “surge” troops cycle out and the force level goes down the vacuum will probably begin all over again.
Remember what Bush, the Democrats, the Republicans, and all the talkers keep saying. We will leave when the Iraqi army can handle things. Think about that for a moment. The US, Britain, France, Germany, Canada, etc do not need their army’s to maintain order in the country. Free nations have armys for external threats not national order control. If everyone who is in power now or is likely to be in power in the future, is telling us that we will leave Iraq in a state that requires its national army to maintain order, then they are telling us that we have failed in Iraq. Democracies do not need tanks in the streets to maintain order.
I find it hard to believe that when we pack up and go home Iraq will settle down. The surge has slowed the fuse to the bloodbath but not extinguished it
Cost of war at the end of my blog entry: $492,739,367,550
Money expended by US taxpayers during my blog entry: $1,745,113.00
What else could the US spend $275 million a day on?