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> Cost approaching 1/2 TRILLION dollars, Iraq/Afghan occupations
RedCedar
post Feb 2 2006, 07:45 PM
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Bush to seek $120 billion for wars, sources say
Money would pay for conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan into next fiscal year

The sources said that money, which would come on top of about $330 billion for the wars so far, would be for this fiscal year.


http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11145948/

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What are we getting for all this money?

Can we afford to spend this money on other countries when we are in massive debt?


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post Feb 2 2006, 08:19 PM
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What are we getting for all this money?


Well first this is an estimate and second “But the lawmakers said this week that the total could be lower because of expected troop reductions” – from the article.
IMO what we have ‘got for the money” is the destruction of the Terrorist stronghold in Afghanistan and the scattering of the AQ organization – which along with better intel and FBI work (including tapping phones) has keep us terror free in this country since 9/11. Far better tan we did under Bill C.
And we have a free Iraq free of Saddam and the WMD and aggression threat he posed
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Can we afford to spend this money on other countries when we are in massive debt?


We must spend the money to defeat the terrorists or we will “pay” later. The AQ folks have made it clear we either meet their demands or they will kill us all and destroy our economy. IMO we kill them first instead.

The National debt is always serious but not a disaster. See: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Budget/bg1820.cfm
Economic Growth Is Reducing the Debt Ratio
Chart 1 shows America’s debt ratio since 1940. In 2004, America’s $4.3 trillion debt represents 38 percent of its $11.6 trillion GDP. Despite all the hand-wringing over increased budget deficits, the 38 percent debt ratio is actually below the post–World War II average of 43 percent. Conse¬quently, America’s debt burden is actually low by historical standards.

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post Feb 2 2006, 09:49 PM
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