We Could Have Hired 10,000 Teachers– Instead, We Got a War
That, of course, represents only a fraction of the money we will spend on a operation President Obama warned could take years.
Depending on the style of the military engagement the center estimates this latest war could cost ‘as little’ as $2.4 billion a year, if it is only low intensity air operations, or as much as $22 billion a year if it requires a large ground contingent.
What never gets much mention in the ramp up to war is the cost, and more importantly, what else we could do with that money. Several billion could hire a lot of teachers, create and fund many pre-K programs, pay for some big infrastructure projects, or save a huge number of lives by investing in clean water improvements in impoverished countries.
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