Terror: $20 million per hour

Terror: $20 million per hour

Terror: $20 million per hour

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Dec. 28 2007 5:30 PM

Terror: $20 million per hour

I have made many references in this blog to the cost of the Iraq "war"* being 11 million dollars every hour. That's a gross, vast amount of money.

And it turns out it's wrong: it's too low. The cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are closer to 20 million dollars per hour

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Twenty. Million. Per hour. By the time it took you to read those few words, we threw $20,000 at the wars. Maybe more if you're a slow reader.

This number comes from Ted Stevens, a man I normally wouldn't trust with tying his shoes correctly, but I'll note he is a Republican and used these numbers -- and you can't make stuff like this up -- to ask for more money for the wars.

If you're curious about how much that money means in real terms, go to the very scary website Cost of War... and then multiply their numbers by two, because they are based on the older war cost estimates.

I think the thing that scares me most about the "War on Terror" is how my daughter and her children and their children... will pay for it.

*Why is "war" in quotation marks? Because I don't remember Congress ever authorizing a declaration of war as is mandated in the Constitution.