Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Need to get my taxes in, and other wretched stuff

I have to laugh (not in a happy way) when I see that certain advertisements added to a certain blog today pertain to Homeland Security.

Online counter-terrorism courses at University of Phoenix?

Joining the Homeland Security professional network?


Don't even get me started about fear-mongering, wars that have killed hundreds of thousands of innocents (as well as thousands of American soldiers, many of whom signed up for money to go to college), taxpayer dollars taken away from programming that helps American people and instead put into the pockets of asshole contractors such as Halliburton, etc...

How about I leave out *most* of my thoughts about the war, Homeland Security and politics in general, and instead add statistics about the Iraq War, as compiled by Deborah White, freelance journalist. (she took much of the data from [the thinktank] The Brookings Institutions Iraq Index, which means one of course needs to take all of the statistics and information with a grain of salt. Also, many of the statistics she provides go back to 2007...) Click here for Deborah's full list, as well as for her sources, which I have not included in my post.


Spent & Approved War-Spending - About $800 billion of US taxpayers' funds spent or approved for spending through mid-2009. In April 2009, President Obama announced that he will seek an additional $76 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

U.S. Monthly Spending in Iraq - $12 billion in 2008

U.S. Spending per Second - $5,000 in 2008

Cost of deploying one U.S. soldier for one year in Iraq - $390,000

Lost & Unaccounted for in Iraq - $9 billion of US taxpayers' money and $549.7 million in spare parts shipped in 2004 to US contractors. Also, 190,000 guns, including 110,000 AK-47 rifles.

Missing - $1 billion in tractor trailers, tank recovery vehicles, machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades and other equipment and services provided to the Iraqi security forces.

Mismanaged & Wasted in Iraq - $10 billion, per Feb 2007 Congressional hearings

Halliburton Overcharges Classified by the Pentagon as Unreasonable and Unsupported - $1.4 billion

Amount paid to KBR, a former Halliburton division, to supply U.S. military in Iraq with food, fuel, housing and other items - $20 billion

Portion of the $20 billion paid to KBR that Pentagon auditors deem "questionable or supportable" - $3.2 billion

Number of major U.S. bases in Iraq - 75


Iraqi Troops Trained and Able to Function Independent of U.S. Forces - 6,000 as of May 2007

Troops in Iraq - Total 140,000, including 135,000 from the US, 4,000 from the UK, and 1,000 from all other nations

U.S. Troop Casualties - 4,270 US troops; 98% male. 91% non-officers; 82% active duty, 11% National Guard; 74% Caucasian, 9% African-American, 11% Latino. 19% killed by non-hostile causes. 54% of US casualties were under 25 years old. 72% were from the US Army

Non-U.S. Troop Casualties - Total 316, with 179 from the UK

US Troops Wounded - 31,169, 20% of which are serious brain or spinal injuries (total excludes psychological injuries)

US Troops with Serious Mental Health Problems - 30% of US troops develop serious mental health problems within 3 to 4 months of returning home

US Military Helicopters Downed in Iraq - 68 total, at least 36 by enemy fire


Private Contractors in Iraq, Working in Support of US Army Troops - More than 180,000

Journalists killed - 138, 92 by murder and 46 by acts of war

Journalists killed by US Forces - 14

Iraqi Police and Soldiers Killed - 8,982

Iraqi Civilians Killed, Estimated - A UN issued report dated Sept 20, 2006 stating that Iraqi civilian casualties have been significantly under-reported. Casualties are reported at 50,000 to over 100,000, but may be much higher. Some informed estimates place Iraqi civilian casualties at over 600,000.

Iraqi Insurgents Killed, Roughly Estimated - 55,000

Non-Iraqi Contractors and Civilian Workers Killed - 558


Iraqis Displaced Inside Iraq, by Iraq War, as of May 2007 - 2,255,000

Iraqi Refugees in Syria & Jordan - 2.1 million to 2.25 million

Iraqi Unemployment Rate - 27 to 60%, where curfew not in effect

Consumer Price Inflation in 2006 - 50%

Iraqi Children Suffering from Chronic Malnutrition - 28% in June 2007

Percent of professionals who have left Iraq since 2003 - 40%

Iraqi Physicians Before 2003 Invasion - 34,000

Iraqi Physicians Who Have Left Iraq Since 2005 Invasion - 12,000

Iraqi Physicians Murdered Since 2003 Invasion - 2,000

Average Daily Hours Iraqi Homes Have Electricity - 1 to 2 hours

Average Daily Hours Iraqi Homes Have Electricity - 10.9 in May 2007

Average Daily Hours Baghdad Homes Have Electricity - 5.6 in May 2007

Pre-War Daily Hours Baghdad Homes Have Electricity - 16 to 24

Number of Iraqi Homes Connected to Sewer Systems - 37%

Iraqis without access to adequate water supplies - 70%

Water Treatment Plants Rehabilitated - 22%

And there you have it, folks. Something to think about on this last day to get taxes in.


  1. Haliburton was really a good stock to own until July of last year. Now it's probably underpriced, probably a good buy.
    Thanks for the investment tip my favorite treehugger.

  2. Hahahahahahahaha!!!

    You are joking, right? If not, I'll leave that one on your conscience, my friend;)

  3. conscience? what conscience?


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