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Cover the Iraqi War like a math class

Danny Schecter, the news dissector, has a good article entitled "An idea for media: Cover the war like a math class". Here is what Mr. Schechter says in part:

Here’s a number most of us don’t know: $291,875,368,544. That’s the official cost of the war, as I write, according to the national priorities project. They break all of this down on their website: http://nationalpriorities.org.

That breaks down to $2,629 per average household, or to $1,168 per person.

Those of us here in New York State have coughed up $24,991,439,397.

What else could that money have bought?

Instead, we could have paid for 38,701,306 children to attend a year of Head Start.

Instead, we could have provided health insurance for 174,967,057 children for one year.

Instead, could have provided 14,164,972 students four-year scholarships at public universities.

Instead, we could have built 2,630,942 additional housing units.

Instead, we could have hired 5,063,778 additional public school teachers for one year.

This amount, of course, doesn’t cover the costs of the destruction of Iraq or the loss of the estimated 250,000 civilians who have died there.

It doesn’t cover the costs in human life of “coalition Forces” now estimated at 2,529. A Casualty Count website http://icasualties.org/oif/ has lots of other numbers about the wounded which may be understated because those shipped “out of country” are not always counted.

To read the whole article, click on the link below:

Link: MediaChannel.org Features.

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