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 Vietnam 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.  

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. 

the Ol'Buzzard 

5 comments:

  1. OB,
    Blackwater, Xe, or whatever they are calling themselves today might be willing to take the contract. I am all for that - What is it?
    "Cry Havoc and let loose the dogs of war"?

    Sarge

    ReplyDelete
  2. I think the U.S. does do a lot of contracting with mercenaries. I guess they get their experience in the military, and work their way up.

    ReplyDelete
  3. because those assholes couldn't find their dick if they was buck nekkid.

    ReplyDelete
  4. There is too much money to be made waging war any other way. The notion that businesses are run to be efficient is only correct in that a business does it's best to be efficient in its efforts to extract as much profit as it can from whatever product it produces. We turn over all the killing to the mercs and I bet the price goes up, not down.

    As it stands now, our war waging ways have never been more in the hands of the private sector as they are now.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I remember when the Hell's Angels offered to do that in Vietnam. I wonder who Erik Prince's father was?

    ReplyDelete

COMMENT: Ben Franklin said, "I imagine a man must have a good deal of vanity who believes, and a good deal of boldness who affirms, that all doctrines he holds are true, and all he rejects are false."