DailyKos has a great post on Kristoff Nicholson’s Iraq and Your Wallet article (subscription required – read Kos’ post for excerpt). Bottom line – the war in Iraq is insanely expensive in both human lives and dollars.
But just how expensive, monetarily speaking? The NY Times article says $6300/second – but you can find your own total using this cool Iraq War Cost Estimator with sliding scales to adjust the number of years of occupation, civilian and military deaths, etc.
Initially, our friend Donald Rumsfeld told us that the war in Iraq would cost under $50 billion. Estimates now run up to $1 to over 2 trillion which, as Kristoff points out, "is four times the additional cost needed to provide health insurance for all uninsured Americans for the next decade".
So, uhm, everyone is going to be at the voting polls November 7th right? Don’t be one of those whiny ‘my vote doesn’t count anyway, so what does it matter’ losers — the stakes are just too high for apathy, laziness and ignorance.