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Libya Airstrikes Cost U.S. $100 Million a Day: Is It Worth It?

Politics 2011/03/22 19:00:00
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After waffling for a week about how and when to get involved in Libya’s civil war, critics are increasingly asking if America’s engagement in the nation’s internal strife is worth it.

At a time when we’re trying to wind down our engagement and financial involvement in the quagmires that are Iraq and Afghanistan, the National Journal reported that the costs in Libya are already piling up. With a final tab that could reach several billions of dollars – which would require the Pentagon to ask for emergency funds from Congress – the initial stages of the bombardment of the country’s air defenses could cost coalition forces between $400 and $800 million, with just the first day of bombing in Operation Odyssey Dawn running up a $100 million tab for the U.S.

The price tag rose higher on Tuesday, when a $30 million American F-15 crashed overnight injuring two soldiers.

By comparison, the National Priorities Project reported that the war in Iraq was running up a tab of $255 million a day, or a bit less than $1.8 billion a week.

With anger among some members of Congress about the administration’s failure to get authorization for the Libya action first and confusion about what the end game is in the military action – or who, exactly, the rebels are and what they want – questions are being asked why there wasn’t more public debate about plunging the U.S. into another conflict in the Middle East?

Is the action in Libya worth $100 million a day?
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  • wildthang 2011/03/24 23:24:52
    No
    wildthang
    plus theya re used on target barely worth a cent and with more innocent civilain casualties than anyhting Libya will be using...
  • Wahvlvke 2011/03/24 20:51:01
    No
    Wahvlvke
    +1
    Just kill Kadaffy and come home.
  • Kamen 2011/03/24 20:14:05
    No
    Kamen
    No, it's none of our business.
  • Patriot Unit 2011/03/24 19:47:48
    Undecided
    Patriot Unit
    Yes if we put Muammar al-Qaddafi on trial, at GITMO. But why worry, Obama, probably already has it covered with borrowed money from the Communists
  • Harry 2011/03/24 19:41:21
    No
    Harry
    +1
    We cannot afford this.
  • Don 2011/03/24 18:43:53
    No
    Don
    Not if they aren't going to take the dude out of power. and Yes I agree the government pisses around more money than my current wife....but the whole idea is power, money, greed. If the egotistical asses that are also known as politicians had to work for a living...they would be in line for welfare.
  • kev 2011/03/24 18:19:32
    No
    kev
    another war....another dollar. stupid 2012 is near??? some idiot push's wrong botton and it is "all in" what happened to election over there?? much cheaper.
  • uhhh--Mike? 2011/03/24 17:32:45
    No
    uhhh--Mike?
    Hell NO! Whose blown overthrow Operation was it anyway. Out that sukka, let "him" foot all the bills to come for this "orphan" he fathered, period
  • Randy 2011/03/24 15:38:30
    Yes
    Randy
    Well, when I say that it is because obama ordered it and if all goes right he will be hung out to dry since he did it with-out Congressional approval. We'll save more than 100 millon in the long run by clearing the WH of him and his Admn. The War? We all know that Gaddaffi is buddy-pals with obama and the next ones to go into power will most likely be The Black Muslim Brotherhood. Either way he wins. Obama's Smiling!!! He's GOT TO GO!!!
  • Linda D... Randy 2011/03/25 00:46:37
    Linda Deaton
    AMEN BROTHER
  • NathanP... Randy 2011/03/27 17:46:50
    NathanPhillips
    Did you read the question? You appear to have coined the phrase "Black Muslim Brotherhood". The Muslim Brotherhood is not black, and isn't related to the Nation of Islam any more than it is to Mormons.
  • waynelaboy 2011/03/24 15:11:15
    No
    waynelaboy
    +1
    take care of human rights at home first. poor barry. could've been the only good one but fell to the level of the rest. repubs are making a fool of the poor man. i'll bet you his wife thinks differently.
  • 4everfan 2011/03/24 15:10:08
    Yes
    4everfan
    +1
    Kadaffi is a professed terrorist ever since he admitted to the Lockerbie plane blombing, this is just the first complete chance to hit him and treat him as he is, only an enemy of the free world!
  • IsraelJones 2011/03/24 14:49:01
    No
    IsraelJones
    I have a lot of time in service, time to stay home and let the rest of the kids play.
  • Mad irishman 2011/03/24 14:08:42
    No
    Mad irishman
    I've said this before, let those Arab country's settle their own problems. American government can't take care of it's own business, or it's people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!... Why are we still apart of the UN, we should have gotten out of the UN back in the sixty's. I hope all the bleeding hearts in our country who elected OB, will be happy with the NEW WORLD ORDER that's been coming
    for decaids. BIG BROTHER has been here for along time, and getting Bigger By The Day, by the time most Americans Wake Up it will be 2 Late to CHANGE, actually it's 2 Late Now!!!!!!!! IF most Americans think our Government will Bail Out it's Citizens, you better THINK again SUCKERS. 44 States are on the brink of being complety broke, Welfare system is broke now, unemployment numbers are a sham because those who's unemployment has run out are not being counted any more, yet they are still unemployeed, thanks to our govenment sending jobs overseas, China, Japan, Korea, South America, Tiwan, even Canada. Senators, & Congress People should be limited to two terms just like the Presedent. Here is something else for your brain to ponder. Where do you think our Government will get the money to pay of it's Debit? Answer, your savings accounts, 401k's, your death benifits from insurance, and if you stash cash...&
    I've said this before, let those Arab country's settle their own problems. American government can't take care of it's own business, or it's people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!... Why are we still apart of the UN, we should have gotten out of the UN back in the sixty's. I hope all the bleeding hearts in our country who elected OB, will be happy with the NEW WORLD ORDER that's been coming
    for decaids. BIG BROTHER has been here for along time, and getting Bigger By The Day, by the time most Americans Wake Up it will be 2 Late to CHANGE, actually it's 2 Late Now!!!!!!!! IF most Americans think our Government will Bail Out it's Citizens, you better THINK again SUCKERS. 44 States are on the brink of being complety broke, Welfare system is broke now, unemployment numbers are a sham because those who's unemployment has run out are not being counted any more, yet they are still unemployeed, thanks to our govenment sending jobs overseas, China, Japan, Korea, South America, Tiwan, even Canada. Senators, & Congress People should be limited to two terms just like the Presedent. Here is something else for your brain to ponder. Where do you think our Government will get the money to pay of it's Debit? Answer, your savings accounts, 401k's, your death benifits from insurance, and if you stash cash in your saftey deposit boxes, or gold at your bank, they can size that too. Well there you have it, BIG BROTHER at it's best. You better be going to Walley World, or your local feed & seed and start buying things to plant a grow your own food.
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  • MalcolmRose 2011/03/24 13:02:28
    Yes
    MalcolmRose
    This is not really true. The weapons used are already existing and paid for. The money quoted, if it is actually spent, will be presumably almost internal to the USA and so contribute to the increasing circulation of the economy.

    Americans (I'm not) look back at your history. Did wars cost economic prosperity or did they cost lives and limbs? Economies are reset by wars, maybe in a positive way or maybe in a negative way. The real cost is in people terms, money is just a very flexible and extensible construct which is some sort of lubricant of the economy. You might as well ask "Is the war in Libya worth so much oil, which is used to power and lubricate all the machines?"
  • FREE 2011/03/24 12:37:29 (edited)
    No
    FREE
    No way, not just for the waste of money reason, but give me a break, one whacko is an easy target, and with so many pay for hire terrorists, never mind CIA operatives, this whacko should have been taken out 40 years ago, and it would have cost about a thousand dollars back then, now we are stuck with a billion dollar waste of money as we are getting wedged into a long term battle. The others are already bailing out, and you know who will get stuck in the middle of just another middle east disaster.

    Isn't it wonderful that all our gov. has to do is crank up the funny money printing presses to pay for this and all the other wasted trillions to date. Sure is comforting to know that our welfare is being destroyed for generations to come by undermining the value of the dollar to a point of no return. A word of warning, dump you dollar holdings and convert to CAN loonie or Swiss franc, for the U.S. is going to file bankruptcy once again, and the once powerful reserve currency is soon to end for U.S. dollar. You can only drain the piggybank for so long, and the federal reserve has been covering up the fact they have nothing backing trillions in debt, never mind the billions being printed every month to keep this sinking ship afloat. Our days are numbered economically speaking, so be prepared.

    FREE-FOOD-BANK.com
  • CrabMan 2011/03/24 11:50:46
  • TPietro 2011/03/24 11:32:57
    Undecided
    TPietro
    time will only tell, will the US meet its goals ?
  • Sonja Anderson 2011/03/24 09:42:33
    No
    Sonja Anderson
    America can't take care of its' own. Yet, we are spending hundreds of billions in Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan .... It appears we live to fight!
  • story101 Sonja A... 2011/03/25 10:06:17
    story101
    We actually take care of our own pretty d@mn well.
  • Man of god Sonja A... 2011/03/25 15:51:53
    Man of god
    well actually it's like we love war lol
  • Myrle Hulme 2011/03/24 08:15:52
    Yes
    Myrle Hulme
    If the get rid of gadafi otherwise they must just give the rebels guns and stay out
  • TJ 2011/03/24 05:48:27
    No
    TJ
    Obama, the first Nobel Peace Prize winner to order bombs to drop in 5 countries (Yemen, Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya) has proved he is no anti war candidate. We are BROKE folks! We can't afford any wars right now, unless directly attacked on our soil. Time to pull our military out of ALL nations!
  • peggy TJ 2011/03/24 13:56:55
    peggy
    i think the peace prize was premature. however, i doubt that is obama's agenda. obama is under the thumb of soros, etc. who want to create a "new world order" one monatary unit, one government, etc. but we must be beaten so he can bring in the puppet masters. how better to beat us than to bankrupt the country. look how much worse this country has become since obama. this is a consipiry, of which obama is a part.
  • NathanP... peggy 2011/03/27 17:50:05
    NathanPhillips
    I'm sick of the New World Order crap. I've heard it for about twenty years now. If it's true then every president we've had has been in on it and really wants us to fail. Now what good does it do us to believe that, and why would we believe it?
  • TJ NathanP... 2011/04/29 21:07:32
    TJ
    I agree, I am alert that anything is possible, and the USA is going down like Rome, British Empire etc before us.... but come on.... EVERY SINGLE PERSON in power is part of a conspiracy.... unless they are all robots programmed to keep their mouth shut! I can't tell most people a stupid secret like (don't tell my wife but the new secretary is hot) because my wife will hear about it in like 3 days... folks, conspiracy or not, let's not worry about HOW we got where we got, let's try to fix it! Read "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand or watch "Atlas Shrugged Part 1" in a movie theater near youand, as always: for real, workable solutions and REAL CHANGE visit www.lp.org and then hopefully join and continue to support the Libertarian Party of the United States! It's time to take our country back from big labor, big corporations and big government! Independent, non corporation backed, non career politician, citizen statesmen/women are ready and willing to run for public office and win against Democrats and Republicans, but we need you to please stop voting for R's and D's and send money to and spend time on Libertarian Party candidates campaigns!
  • frank 2011/03/24 05:13:05
    Yes
    frank
    +1
    We are spending money we don't have. If this was a good thing it could have been timed better like when the rebels were on the march. Nothing came from Washington until Quadaffi quit the roper dope and moved out to destroy the rebels and civilians in the area. The US was dragged into it with France's leadership and Obama didn't go to congress he responded to pressure from the UN. How many fires can we strive to put out at the same time? We are broke and our grandkids will have to pay off the excesses of this administration. Bush would not have gotten away with this.
  • NathanP... frank 2011/03/27 17:50:51
    NathanPhillips
    I think you answered incorrectly given your view.
  • frank NathanP... 2011/04/01 08:40:06
    frank
    You are correct Nathan. I am glad you give me the benefit of the doubt. Must have been tired.
  • WizardG 2011/03/24 05:00:25
    No
    WizardG
    +2
    The point that many cannot grasp is that conquest is the order of the day. Read Prof. Howard Zinn's 'A People's History Of The U.S.', If your mind has the ability to grasp the reality and clarity of what this great historian shared with us your eyes will be opened to a more frightening picture of who is controlling our country and our purse strings. The things the people behind the scenes do to us, and to other nations, in a quest for greater wealth and power is mind boggling.
    The money they spend on wars comes from our tax and country's resources at our expense. The profits they derive from the uses of our military and the weapons we pay for, goes directly into their vast (off shore) accounts.

    They already have vast wealth and power, so much so, that they no longer use their own wealth to conquer and take the wealth and resources of other nations under the guise of benevolence and goodness. They are neither benevolent nor good, but it is the kind of propaganda they are assured by the best psychologists and sociologist money can buy which directs them to utter through their privately owned multi-media conglomerates.
    They are like a 'Cabal' with the 'Midas touch' and the magic of hypnotism combined, because everything they put out in the media is easily believed by 'Americans'...








    The point that many cannot grasp is that conquest is the order of the day. Read Prof. Howard Zinn's 'A People's History Of The U.S.', If your mind has the ability to grasp the reality and clarity of what this great historian shared with us your eyes will be opened to a more frightening picture of who is controlling our country and our purse strings. The things the people behind the scenes do to us, and to other nations, in a quest for greater wealth and power is mind boggling.
    The money they spend on wars comes from our tax and country's resources at our expense. The profits they derive from the uses of our military and the weapons we pay for, goes directly into their vast (off shore) accounts.

    They already have vast wealth and power, so much so, that they no longer use their own wealth to conquer and take the wealth and resources of other nations under the guise of benevolence and goodness. They are neither benevolent nor good, but it is the kind of propaganda they are assured by the best psychologists and sociologist money can buy which directs them to utter through their privately owned multi-media conglomerates.
    They are like a 'Cabal' with the 'Midas touch' and the magic of hypnotism combined, because everything they put out in the media is easily believed by 'Americans' here and others all over the world! Our money goes out, but the profits go in to them.

    Attacking Libya under the guise of benevolence to an African nation is disingenuous on so many levels (for anyone who really knows how African-Americans are disrespected here), it makes the enlightened among us wonder how anyone can believe that kind of claptrap. That being said. The question of whether 100 million is worth dumping on Libya in the form of bombs is a loaded question. The wealth gained from building and using weapons is formidable for the owners of the industries that produce war materials in which taxpayers pay for. The loss of taxpayer wealth goes to the (Elite in charge) two-fold. The people of the U.S. get very little trickle down profits for the tax wealth spent on the profit made from conquering and taking from an Oil Rich Country. Only the Super-Wealthy Elite have the Golden Goose in this and all 'Manifest Destiny' scenarios.

    Lastly. When you realize that there are powerful forces hiding in the shadows behind a political facade, you should understand what Mr. Obama and most politician's roles are in this whole super-con we are victims to. You should look at what they say and do in a different light and be assured that they could care less about your well-being, let alone the well being of people in other countries.

    Politicians are notorious for lying to people in their face! I say that they should be subjected to lie detectors before taking any official positions to serve the citizenry of our country. (But alas we are still under the control of powerful shysters).

    I say that the corporate multi-media has been primed to tickle and ply us with stories that we are predisposed to let wash over us. Don't believe the hype from these actors and beauty pageant mannequins.
    We are unable to stop the onslaught of the elite's 'Manifest Destiny'. Sadly.
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  • JR 2011/03/24 04:53:59
    Undecided
    JR
    It's Always more than it cost great to save innocent civilians I am in! However Bush bashers where are you? He liberated Iraq you hate it all oil no love well Obummer is doing the same thing. Grow a pair make up your mind what do you stand for lib tards piss me off. you change the name of everythin to suit your needs. WAR IS WAR DEATH IS DEATH dont cheat the people you think you have fooled!!. Sorry this is all coming to truth = What happened to Change healing the earth? Ending Gitmo? Calming the Seas? Stop being sorry for America! Tires of this BS! YOU BOUGHT THE LIE! Now it is time to ADMIT IT! We are in the most dangerous times we have ever faced go ahead turn your blins eye choose to excuse the facts but be ready because it is about to hit the fan. Trust in man is the trust in the END!!
  • peggy JR 2011/03/24 13:59:42
    peggy
    obama must be impeached or CHANGED.
  • Rogeire 2011/03/24 04:47:28
    Yes
    Rogeire
    Yes on a temporary basis; Its about time we prod other counties in the U.N. to move their butt and start doing their share. If they don't move on this and take responsibility, then we should stop sending millions to the U.N. Also, whenever possible we should stop supporting all the other countries that use us. This can be a method to find out if some of these countries are worth our tax money. However if the U.N. policies do not work, then through intelligence reports we should take Kadafdi out where we can find him and no matter who he is with.
  • peggy Rogeire 2011/03/24 14:04:00
    peggy
    the u.n. is anti-american. they are trying to bankrupt us, (and disarm us) so they can move in. if you do not see the conspiracy, i suggest u do some homework. the american people have sat back for generations and allowed POLITICIANS who have an agenda, but it is not the american people, do whatever the hell they please. now everyone is surprised they r screwing us. hello! any thinkers out there?. any doers out there? just keep letting these bums run our country. very shortly there will be no u.s. it will disappear in the "new world order"
  • juice 2011/03/24 04:42:46
    Undecided
    juice
    How can this question be answered Yes Or No until we know what the end results will be??
  • Dan T. 2011/03/24 04:15:43
    No
    Dan T.
    Why oh why. NOBAMA stop the pain and just kill me.
  • harlandh 2011/03/24 04:11:23
    Undecided
    harlandh
    Of course its worth it to save civilian lives, even if it costs each US citizen 33 cents per day. The wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan cost several times as much, and the US military is just killing people, and posing with the bodies, there. The UN did not permit troops on the ground. We cannot believe the US government, however; they always lie.
  • peggy harlandh 2011/03/24 14:05:11
    peggy
    we cannot save the world people. we r going down with the sinking american ship. and obama is not the captain who will stay with the ship.
  • Sumātogai 2011/03/24 03:51:29
    Yes
    Sumātogai
    Helping others is always worth it.

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