What would you buy with $2 Billion…a week?

Given the opportunity to spend $2 Billion a week, what would you spend it on? Personally, I would spend it on research and education. Imagine…an additional $2 Billion a week. Just think about what an incredible difference this would make to mankind. Well, our government has instead chosen to spend $2 Billion every week on waging war in Iraq (an average since beginning of war). What does this buy us? Well, this buys us 7,000 dead Iraqis a week (on average based on Lancet, a British Medical Journal ). This also buys us 164 American casualties a week with 22 Americans dead a week (on average–based on official numbers, estimated is higher). This also buys us new generations of terrorists, destabilization in the middle east, an emboldened Korea, Iran and Syria, a more competitive China, and global disdain for our country.

It’s important to point out this is $2,000,000,000 is money we do not have. We’re borrowing this money from, mostly, China. We’re funding the world’s next super-power on the backs of our sons and daughters. Remarkable.

American Military Casualties in Iraq
Total
American Deaths  
Since war began (3/19/03):
2828
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03) (the list)
2691
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03):
2362
Since Handover (6/29/04):
1962
Since Election (1/31/05):
1392
American Casualties  
Total (‘Officially’) Wounded:
21077
Latest Fatality November 2nd, 2006