Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Fun with Numbers

Tom Engelhardt, blogging over at The Nation asks:
What If the Iraqi Insurgency Ran for Another 5,000 Years?
He refers to an NYT article that says that the Iraqi insurgency is now self-financing, and that on the high end they are raising about $200M dollars a year for their operations. The US is now spending $8B per month, so that's about $266M per day.
Just to give an additional sense of proportion:
This October, the Army signed onto a $200 million (yep, that's $200,000,000) a year contract with the McCann Worldgroup ad agency to launch an "Army Strong" ad campaign aimed at bringing into the fold those ever more resistant recruits needed to fight the Iraqi insurgency.
And that's just for the Army!


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