A Different Iraq Metric

Cosmic Iguana – Voice of the Evil Doers says,


Early this year the Bush administration is to ask Congress to approve an additional $100bn for the onerous task of making life intolerable for the Iraqis. This will bring the total spent on the White House’s current obsession with war to almost $500bn – enough to have given every US citizen $1,600 each… with over half a million dead, it means that the world’s greatest military superpower has spent a million dollars for every Iraqi killed… [*]

Last year I posted that the US had shot 250,000 bullets per dead insurgent [*]. I suggested sarcastically that our kill ratio was not that bad when you consider how many civilians we have knocked off. Now it appears that even taking that into account we’re not dreadfully efficient.

But I especially liked this:

One commenter suggested it would be cheaper to kill people by dropping the bundles of money we’re spending directly on their heads.

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