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No more May 1, 2008

Filed under: Iraq War,Politics — onarete @ 6:22 pm

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They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country. But in modern war, there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason.  -Ernest Hemmingway

Some numbers on the war in Iraq:

  • 4,063: Number of American military casualties
  • 29,829: Number of American troops wounded
  • 1,205,025: Estimated number of Iraqi civilians killed
  • $516 billion: Amount spent on the war
  • $1.4 billion: Amount taxpayers have spent in Idaho (my homestate) on the war
  • 391,430: Number of people In Idaho who could have had free health care instead
  • $3 trillion: Opportunity cost of the war according to Nobel-Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz
  • 1 in 5: Soldiers with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • 1,500: Soldiers in Iraq of Afghanistan who are now homeless or at risk of homelessness

Should I keep going?  Or is that enough?

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