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(MSNBC)   How much would a war with Iraq cost? roughly $100 billion to $200 billion   (moneycentral.msn.com ) divider line
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2002-12-29 04:40:27 PM  
I'd buy one.
 
2002-12-29 04:41:27 PM  
cant we just hire sum mercenaries or professional hitmen to off saddam? It would cost us like 10k :)
 
2002-12-29 04:41:35 PM  
GODDAMN! Just another way to take our money.
fark it, I am moving to england!
 
2002-12-29 04:42:35 PM  
Can I just say now that this money would be better spent on those who have less than us. Obvious but true.
 
2002-12-29 04:42:55 PM  
If Bill Gates threw in what he had it would be down to $50 billion or $150 billion!
 
2002-12-29 04:43:16 PM  
But think of the oilfields Exxon will get to control!
 
2002-12-29 04:43:21 PM  
*sigh*

Yet it will happen anyway.
 
2002-12-29 04:43:45 PM  
Remember folks.... most of this money is spent in-country. Weapons developers will become rich, but most of it will fan out to the public again.

We're talking about companies like Boeing, etc.
 
2002-12-29 04:44:16 PM  
Well, why don't we just use our military and stuff, and weapons that we have lying around, and just send them over instead of hiring it out? That is bound to save some money.
 
2002-12-29 04:44:19 PM  
Why help the faltering economy when George W. Bush can piss away money at such an obscene rate?

I hate Republicans.
 
2002-12-29 04:45:53 PM  
Better it cost 100 billions of dollars than 100 thousands of lives.

Even better it doesn't cost either...
 
2002-12-29 04:45:56 PM  
Even if it does cost that much it is money well spent.
 
2002-12-29 04:46:07 PM  
I wonder how many people opposed WWII on economic grounds.
 
2002-12-29 04:46:19 PM  
I wonder how much goes towards chalk and Sharpies so bomb-loading crews can write humorous japes on the sides of the ordnance? "HIGH JACK THIS FAGS"
 
2002-12-29 04:46:21 PM  
hell even if the repubs much smaller #'s are correct (which I doubt...it's probably somewhere between the two estimates) it's still far too much. We don't need this war dammit...that money would be much better spent here on programs that need it.
 
2002-12-29 04:48:35 PM  
How much yesterdays mashed potatoes would that buy?
 
CG
2002-12-29 04:49:48 PM  
Uhhhh so has anyone thought of using oil from one of the world largest oil producers too offset the cost of saving their sorry asses.
 
2002-12-29 04:49:48 PM  
-Dalcius

Thank God someone has the intelligence to point out the fact that the majority of the cash is spent within the country.

Also that figure does not take into account the money the military would be spending anyway if it did not go to war. They still need to feed the troops, train, etc.

Nothing gets me more than a liberal making it sound like the government is going to take the money directly from me, and just make it magically dissapear, without it going back into the economy in any way.
 
2002-12-29 04:49:56 PM  
Can't we just send in the SbB girls?
 
2002-12-29 04:50:03 PM  
Lets see I sell computers to a government contractor who has a contract with the Army.I pay salaries with that money and the employees use that money to pay bills and buy consumer goods.Yes I hate the evil government.

/sarcasm>
 
2002-12-29 04:50:05 PM  
Sigh...... the high cost of diverting citizen's attention from internal problems to external ones.
 
2002-12-29 04:50:20 PM  
Rosalea
We don't need this war dammit...that money would be much better spent here on programs that need it.


Since the only legitimate functions of government are defense, police, and courts... Spending the money on any other 'programs' is a criminal waste of money.
 
2002-12-29 04:50:29 PM  
I don't think that it will cost that much. Most of the costs we are already paying. Think about it. We already have the planes, bombs, and people. The people are on salary and thus are already getting paid. The planes and ships have already been purchased. So we spend more on deploying them, but no much. These guys get together and add up how much a carrier costs and then say look it will cost 4 billion to use it. But it only cost 150 million. Over inflating the numbers for polticial reasons is lame.
 
2002-12-29 04:51:54 PM  
Brazil well in my opinion either the country needs to spend more on things like medical care...or just stop spending anything all together and only deal with defense, police, and courts.
 
2002-12-29 04:54:08 PM  
Brazil

How dare you use logic and facts in your argument.We need to think more about paying the tuition for illegal immigrants.
 
2002-12-29 04:54:11 PM  
100 billion is chump change compared to the price tag of Liberal plan of America waiting til New York actually gets nuked, then reacting to it.


Ooooooh I hate Bush. (whine)
 
2002-12-29 04:55:47 PM  
Build a rig we can set up on one of those carriers in the Gulf. Drill horizontally thru Kuwait under Iraq, and suck out all the oil. That's really what this is about anyway. It's less about terrorism than it is about the price of a gallon of gas at the pump.
If you want the crude say so. And if you want Saddam dead, put out a contract.
 
2002-12-29 04:56:05 PM  
Canadianbeersux.

Exactly my point, too. It is not like we have to hire an army, build some planes, and buy some bombs. The money is spent anyway. May as well get a nice little war out of it.
 
2002-12-29 04:56:06 PM  
I think we should melt down all of Saddam's palaces for precious metals and jewels then inject all the money into Iraq's infrastructure.
 
2002-12-29 04:56:43 PM  
Rosalea
Brazil well in my opinion either the country needs to spend more on things like medical care...or just stop spending anything all together and only deal with defense, police, and courts.


Why should the govenerment be paying for medical care? I agree. Stop all extraneous government programs.

Defense is about 3% of the GDP. How can anyone complain about that level of spending on defense?
 
2002-12-29 04:56:44 PM  
I'd buy THAT for a dollar!
 
2002-12-29 04:57:21 PM  
Ahem....WASTE!
 
2002-12-29 04:57:29 PM  
if 100 billion is chump change, why not put that type of an effort and funding towards curing cancer, parkinsons, etc?

It would save more lives EACH WEEK than lives any attack Iraq or any other terrorist organization will take towards the United States.
 
2002-12-29 04:57:36 PM  
Cheap at twice the price. Can we get a war with North Korea thrown in for no extra cost?
/sarcasm
 
2002-12-29 04:57:39 PM  
Bush So, how much will this war on Iraq cost us guys ?

Defense chiefs Sir - 1 Million dollars!

Arms Companies Huh-hum!

Defense Cheifs Ummm....one hundred.....billion....dollars!

Muahahaha!
 
2002-12-29 04:58:41 PM  
Gulf War II, Vietnam II.... George Bush II. Good lord, it's obvious - not only is the White House in the pocket of the MPAA, they're infected their Sequal Virus on them too!
 
2002-12-29 04:58:58 PM  
"How much would a war with Iraq cost?"

A: A shiat-ton of American lives. There is a reason they are being trained for urban combat, and I don't think it has much to do with dropping more bombs on the Iraqis.

Welcome to Viet Nam II
 
2002-12-29 04:59:48 PM  
Sorta on topic...:)

Bush goes to Iraq
 
2002-12-29 05:00:11 PM  
With $100-200 billion we could house and feed all of our homeless for the rest of their lives. Just one of many good uses. But yeah, let's use it to pick a fight instead.
 
2002-12-29 05:00:30 PM  
Shouldn't it read "How much "will" a war in Iraq cost"? Cause there really isn't any doubt is there? I agree with David Cross' assesment.
 
2002-12-29 05:03:13 PM  
Summary of Gross Collections by Type of Return

Type of Return Gross Collections
(FY 2001) (Millions of $)

Individual income tax 1,178,210
Corporation income tax 186,732
Employment taxes 645,961
Gift tax 3,958
Excise taxes 52,419
Estate tax 25,290
 
2002-12-29 05:04:30 PM  
Well, I just can't think of any better way that we can spend that money. May as well spend it on helping the Bush Cartel steal TRILLIONS in Iraqi oil.

It's just as scheme to funnel taxpayer dollars into the Carlyle Group's family of weapons conpanies.

Maybe next time...we'll count the votes in Florida.
 
2002-12-29 05:14:11 PM  
$200 billion just to keep Americans distracted from what's really important.
 
2002-12-29 05:17:30 PM  
Mswat,

if 100 billion is chump change, why not put that type of an effort and funding towards curing cancer, parkinsons, etc?

It would save more lives EACH WEEK than lives any attack Iraq or any other terrorist organization will take towards the United States.


Sure you say that now but of course WHEN IT IS YOUR LIFE THEY TAKE IT WILL BE DIFFERENT. And geez i feel great about the level of concern some people have for their fellow citizens.
 
2002-12-29 05:18:45 PM  
That would just encourage more people to be "homeless".

All these armchair generals. Ugh!
 
2002-12-29 05:22:00 PM  
The War of American Agression will cost more than money. It will also cost untold lives and breed the next generation of Al-Qaeda.

If you insist we go after Saddam because of "what he does to his people," I insist we focus on Osama because look what he did to ours!

This is a bait n'switch. Where's Osama?
 
2002-12-29 05:22:46 PM  
Chart of Defense Spending from 1945 to 1999


Defense Spending as: 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955
% of GDP 37.5 19.1 5.5 3.5 4.8 5 7.3 13.2 14.2 13 10.8
% of Fedrl. Outlay 89.5 77.3 37.1 30.6 33.9 32.2 51.8 68.1 69.4 69.5 62.4

Defense Spending as: 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966
% of GDP 9.9 10.1 10.2 10 9.3 9.3 9.2 8.9 8.5 7.4 7.7
% of Fedrl. Outlay 60.2 59.3 56.8 53.2 52.2 50.8 49 48 46.2 42.8 43.2

Defense Spending as: 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977
% of GDP 8.8 9.4 8.7 8.1 7.3 6.7 5.8 5.5 5.5 5.2 4.8
% of Fedrl. Outlay 45.4 46 44.9 41.8 37.5 34.3 31.2 29.5 26 24.1 23.2

Defense Spending as: 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988
% of GDP 4.7 4.6 4.9 5.1 5.7 6.1 5.9 6.1 6.2 6.1 5.8
% of Fedrl. Outlay 22.8 23.1 22.7 23.2 24.8 26 26.7 26.7 27.6 28.1 27.3

Defense Spending as: 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
% of GDP 5.6 5.2 4.6 4.8 4.4 4.1 3.7 3.5 3.3 3.1 3
% of Fedrl. Outlay 26.5 23.9 20.6 21.6 20.7 19.3 17.9 17 16.9 16.2 16.1

Source: Office of Management and Budget
"Historical Tables, Budget of the United States Government"
 
2002-12-29 05:26:34 PM  
"Weapons developers will become rich, but most of it will fan out to the public again."

Yeah, tricle down economics. Works great...
 
2002-12-29 05:35:19 PM  
Give me half of that and I'll kick Saddam's ass, Christina Aguilera style.

"Hey yo biatch, I heard you were dissing me on MTV!"
 
2002-12-29 05:36:47 PM  
Why is it that you can give random little boy a sword made of wood and he'll grow up to save the world from evil..

..when a whole goshdarn army of men need many billions of dollars to off this one guy and his henchmen?


(Maybe I've been playing too many console rpgs)
 
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