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10.26.2007

A Visual Aid . . .

. . . of the cost of the Iraq war. (Credit: Kevin.)

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Tax cuts are always good because the American people know how to spend their hard-earned money a heck of a lot better than our corrupt politicians.

Denney Crane said...

Speaking of crooks and liars, would someone please disprove the information I have recieved:

Deaths in the Military

1980 .......... 2,392
1981 .......... 2,380
1982 .......... 2,318
1983 .......... 2,465
1984 .......... 1,999
1985 .......... 2,252
1986 .......... 1,984
1987 .......... 1,983
1988 .......... 1,819
1989 .......... 1,636
1990 .......... 1,508
1991 .......... 1,787
1992 .......... 1,293
1993 .......... 1,213
1994 .......... 1,075
1995 .......... 1,040
1996 .......... 974
1997 .......... 817
1998 .......... 826
1999 .......... 795
2000 .......... 774
2001 .......... 890
2002 .......... 1,007
2003 .......... 1,410 [534*]
2004 .......... 1,887 [900*]
2005 .......... [919*]
2006 .......... [920*]
Figures so noted with an asterisk (*) indicates deaths as a result of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

During the term of President Jimmy Carter, there were 2,392 US military fatalities.
Some media reports claim that these brave men and women losing their lives are minorities. The latest census shows the following:

European descent (white)...69.12%
Hispanic.................. 12.5%
African American.......... 12.3%
Asian..................... 3.7%
Native Amrican........... 1.0%
Other..................... 2.6%

The fatalities over the past three years in Iraqi Freedom are:
European descent (white).. 74.31%
Hispanic.................. 10.74%
African American.......... 9.67%
Asian..................... 1.81%
Native American........... 1.09%
Other..................... 2.33%

These statistics are published by DOD and may be viewed hereat:.

House of R & R said...

2:36 Priceless! Love it!

Denney Crane said...

Okay, now someone do the numbers on this problem...

How much would it cost our country if oil went from $90 a barrel (todays price) to $400 per barrel overnight.

Lets make the equation simpler...

1. On an annual basis
2. What our country would spend on oil.
3. Estimates on the cost of the economic impact. Include loss of jobs, inflation rate, interest rates, ect...
4. Estimates on the rioting, looting and local terrorist activities.
5. Cost of the military, national guard, police and fire department to serve and protect during the chaos.

Currently, if a nuclear explosion took place today in the Middle East, this is exactly what would happen...

Anonymous said...

Some of these costs would be incurred anyway. When a war's on, they count soldier's pay, the cost of new planes, ships, etc. as part of the war. It is certainly expensive to actually engage in a war, though. Big number. I'd like to see someone draw a diagram of the cost if we DIDN'T do what we're doing, including all the intelligence cooperation. You won't see that, because you can't examine the road not travelled. We can only wonder. Haven't we stopped a few attacks since September 11? Maybe one single bomb in this fight killed a group of people with definitive plans and the capability to nuke New York or something. We just don't always know the costs that may have been or are being avoided due to these efforts. Hard to say...

Barry Badrinath said...

Look at Denney bringin' the DingleBarry smackdown!!

WOOT!!! WOOT!!!

M&M said...

Can someone help me with that visual? Is it accurate size-wise? If the middle blocks represents 191 billion, then shouldn't the third set of blocks just be slightly less than double the middle ones for 315 billion. 315 is less than double 191, yet that third block thing is many times bigger than the middle one. (I'm not defending the spending, just wanting accuracy on all sides)

Anonymous said...

What would that graphic look like if the black dot represented an ILLEGAL alien and the stack of money represented the annual cost for health care, education, housing, all the different welfare and government aide issued, not to mention the cost to all facets of government and industry for re-labeling everything bi-ligually. The only group that a tax cut doesn't benefit is someone that pays no taxes such as...an ILLEGAL alien.

Anonymous said...

wow denney. your post has nothing to do with the topic at hand, but i'll still stab it to pieces.

the number of soldiers dying in the field has decreased due to better armor and better reaction time and technology used by military field surgeons. for the first time, doctors are literally right behind the line of action.

however, since more soldiers are surviving, more men and women are returning home with missing limbs, serious brain trauma and all sorts of psychological issues. those cost are not even factored into the visual aid we just looked at.

wordkyle said...

Here's a graphic of the cost of ignoring the terrorist threat.

Anonymous said...

I loves me some Denney Crane.

House of R & R said...

5:40 Here's a little tidbit for you....there are alot of illegal aliens who do pay taxes and you know what? The IRS has that money (millions) in a holding cell because the social security # doesn't match and they don't know what to do with it.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for letting us know that you agree that the current war is all about the oil, denney crane.

Why don't you run some numbers on the cost of this war for oil versus using all those billions of dollars on alternative energy options and the effect those would have had on our GDP, like say, new industries, new jobs, positive effects on the environment?

And, like 6:06PM mentioned, what is the cost of taking care of the currently more than 25,000 wounded soldiers?

Anonymous said...

Please note that if you read the entire Casualties report (see page 11, Table 5) you will note that while deaths may have been hirer during Carter's administration, substantially fewer of these deaths were from hostile action.

From 1980 - 1982 there were no deaths from hostile action. Since 2003 when the Iraq War began, 2,575 deaths have been reported due to hostile action. It looks like there were just a lot of accidental deaths in the early 80s.

Denney Crane said...

12:11 PM

Good question: "...what is the cost of taking care of the currently more than 25,000 wounded soldiers?"

My answer: The cost is just a fraction of what it will cost when they detinate a dirty bomb in New York and kill and contaminate 200,000 civilians. (Notice I said when and not if)

It would take a blithering idiot to deny we are in Iraq for the oil. Oil is the blood stream of America; take it away or stop it and we die. It would be a quick and painful death...

We would let the Arabs continue to kill each other if it weren't for the oil...that's exactly what's been happening in Africa for years now. We care more about illegal dog fighting than the genocide going on in Africa.

I don't like the war; never have. I don't like the politics involved either. If our government will take away our rights, what makes you think they won't take away the rights of a third world country harboring terrorists.

It won't matter who's in office, reality is still the same. Bush just isn't telling the public what they want to hear...

Let me put it another way. If killing every Arab on the planet would make my family safe, I would have no problem with it!

ANy other questions?

Denney Crane said...

4:05 PM

The commander in chief is always responsible for those under his watch.

Please don't make excuses for the worst President of the 20th century...Jimmy RDA Carter!

Denney Crane said...

4:05 PM

"substantially fewer of these deaths were from hostile action."

SUBSTANCIALLY FEWER... you're kidding...right? We happen to be in a war right now... I would really hope it would be substancially fewer.

When I look at those numbers, I see are American servicemen who died in service to our country.
Why does anyone try to justify the cause of death. Don't you know that the cause of death is insignificant! It doesn't change anything, they are still dead. Act of war or accidental...the same tragedy.

Anonymous said...

hey 4:05...

lots of accidental deaths in the 1980s? There were nearly 10,000 deaths from 1980-83. That's a lot of accidents!
Denney Crane's doin' the Buford T. Pusser 2x4 on barry's theory!

Anonymous said...

315 billion is pretty cheap compared to the rest of government