In the past, I’ve seen Senator Biden and Senator Obama talk about the cost of the war in Iraq as being $8bil a month, $10bil a month, $12bil a month, back to $10bil a month, $1trillion, $2trillion, everything shy of saying a $gazzilion. Last night was just another installment in a political marketing display of either gross ignorance or very serious distortion of the truth.
We’re spending $10 billion a month while Iraqis have an $80 billion surplus.
Look, we have spent more money — we spend more money in three weeks on combat in Iraq than we spent on the entirety of the last seven years that we have been in Afghanistan building that country.
Let me say that again. Three weeks in Iraq; seven years, seven years or six-and-a-half years in Afghanistan.
According to the Congressional Research Service (I believe Senator Obama and Senator Biden are members of Congress) as of July of this year the war in Iraq has cost $444.2billion over the past 66 months (an average of $6billion a month-not $8, $10, or $12bil, but…what’s a few billion among Democratic Party senators?). The problem here is several fold.
First, for SIX years now Democrats have conveniently, deliberately, without apology or correction exaggerated the cost of the war in Iraq-often by combining the cost of the war in Iraq + the global war on terror (a phrase Democrats banned using in 2006 when they took Congress) + the war in Afghanistan.
Now, that last part is the key to Biden’s real fubar last night. You cannot combine the costs of 3 military campaigns which includes Afghanistan, and then compare it to the cost of Afghanistan (CRS says that’s about $100.4bn over 7 years).
So, I have to wonder…is freshman Senator Barack ignorant and just doesn’t get it, or are he and uber-DC-insider/veteran Senator Biden really that deceitful? I mean, why stop at doubling the cost of the war? Why not toss in the $40bil the Congress gave NYC to clean up the two zip codes that were leveled on 911? Why not toss in the cost of the creation of the Dept of Homeland Security? Let’s toss in the cost to the GDP caused by the 911 attacks? Maybe that’s where they came up with the $1gazzilion?