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While the United States has a hefty-deficit that will lead to someone, not the wealthy mind you, being punished, Dan Froomkin notes that the source of much of that deficit is going along swimmingly when it comes to money:

The [GAO] report makes a direct link between U.S. government spending — including $642 billion on U.S. military operations there and $24 billion for training and equipping the Iraqi security forces — and Iraq’s cumulative surplus of $52.1 billion through the end of 2009.

For comparison purposes, Iraq’s annual gross domestic product is $65.8 billion. Meanwhile, the U.S. national debt has soared from $6.4 trillion to $13.4 trillion since former president George W. Bush invaded Iraq and decided to borrow the money for wars and slash taxes.

This coincides in time with a statement from the execrable Marty Peretz, continuing to glory in his latest anti-Muslim quote:

“Frankly, Muslim life is cheap, especially for Muslims.” This is a statement of fact, not value.

Well Marty, by the time it is all done and dusted in Iraq we’ll likely have spent in excess of $2 trillion dollars and ended the life of at least a quarter million Muslims, so that’s $8,000,000 a life on the American tax payer’s dime. Is that value enough for you as a sociopath?

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