American Samizdat

Sunday, June 27, 2004. *
The toll, part II
The United States has spent more than $126bn on the war in Iraq, which will ultimately cost every American family an estimated $3,415, according to a new report by two thinktanks. On top of the war spending approved by US Congress to date, another $25bn is likely to be spent by the end of this year.

The report, published by the Institute for Policy Studies and Foreign Policy in Focus also counts the human costs.

As of June 16, before yesterday's nationwide attacks, up to 11,317 Iraqi civilians and 6,370 Iraqi soldiers or insurgents had been killed, according to the report, which is titled "Paying the Price: The Mounting Costs of the Iraq War."

The death toll among coalition troops was 952 by the same date, of which 853 were American. Some 694 were killed after George Bush declared the end of major combat operations on May 1 last year. Between 50 and 90 civilian contractors and missionaries and 30 journalists have also been killed, the report says.

[The number of lethal agents and munitions that posed a clear and present danger to America's interests... still holding at zero. However, the number of people who have organized and informed themselves about this criminal nonsense rises by thousands each day.]

This is Part I.
posted by mr damon at 11:18 PM
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