IRAQ BY THE NUMBERS, from Stars and Stripes:
U.S. troops killed: 4,414
U.S. troops wounded in action: 31,897
Number of U.S. troop amputees: 1,135
Iraqi civilian deaths: 113,166
War’s operating cost: $747.6 billion
Per American: $2,435; Per Iraqi: $25,828
Estimate of the total cost of the war: $3 trillion
Cost of maintaining 50,000 troops from now to end of 2011: $12.75 billion
Cost of medical care and disability compensation for Iraq war veterans over their lifetimes: $500 billion.
Commentary: Seven and a half years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the last U.S. combat brigade has departed. It took longer than the duration of World War II to get to this point.
Still, as many as 50,000 U.S. troops will stay behind to help train and support the Iraqi military.
This fact is not widely reported in the media despite that the last combat brigade exit has been reported.
Voters deserve to know the truth: the U.S. continues to finance — through taxpayer dollars (e.g., money we do not have) — the rebuilding of foreign nations while our own country faces problems with government spending, debt, and increasing financial obligations.
The solution is to stop rebuilding foreign countries and start rebuilding our own country.
It can be done, but it takes politicians with backbones and courage of their convictions.
That’s where our Republican Liberty Caucus-endorsed candidates come in.
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