Sunday, December 18, 2011
THE COST OF WAR
THE RATIONAL OF WAR IS: IF YOU CAN KILL MORE OF THEM THAN THEY CAN KILL OF YOU - THEN YOU WIN.
When I was in
my military pay was $1,600
a month; plus, I was making a fantastic $75.00 a month extra for hazardous duty
combat pay. After the war was over I
read that the war had actually cost $32,000 per enemy killed. The cost in American lives in Vietnam was: 58,178 killed, 153,452
wounded and 1,711 missing in action. Vietnam
Today I read that, not including the actual cost of the war being waged in Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States is spending $80,000,000,000 (eighty billion dollars) a year on counter terrorism efforts. Admiral Dennis Blair (Ret.) who served as director of national intelligence for the Obama administration estimates that there are between 3,000 to 5,000 actual al-Qaeda members. This means that we are spending between $16,000,000 and $27,000,000 (sixteen to twenty-seven million dollars) per year on each al-Qaeda suspect.
My question is, why don’t we just contract out the wars? We should hire mercenaries and pay them per head. Hell, for a sixteen million dollar bounty you could count me in on the hunt.