I read an interesting article the other day (I wish I kept the link) that compiled statistics from various neutral think tanks and number crunchers with respect to the War in Iraq, and I thought I would share them with you:

As of Aug 12, 2007:

US SPENDING IN IRAQ

  • Spent & Approved War-Spending – Over $600 billion of US taxpayers’ funds. President Bush is expected to request another $140 billion for 2008, which would bring the cumulative total to close to $750 billion.
  • U.S. Monthly Spending in Iraq – $12 billion, in 2007
  • U.S. Daily Spending in Iraq – over $200 million, in 2007
  • Cost of deploying one U.S. soldier for one year in Iraq – $390,000 (Congressional Research Service)
  • Lost & Unaccounted for in Iraq – $9 billion of US taxpayers’ money and $549.7 milion in spare parts shipped in 2004 to US contractors. Also, per ABC News, 190,000 guns, including 110,000 AK-47 rifles.
  • 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 (The Nation/New York Times)

IRAQI TROOPS, CIVILIANS & OTHERS IN IRAQ

  • Private Contractors in Iraq, Working in Support of US Army Troops – More than 180,000 in August 2007, per The Nation/LA Times.
  • Journalists killed – 112, 74 by murder and 38 by acts of war
  • Journalists killed by US Forces – 14
  • Iraqi Police and Soldiers Killed – 7,354
  • Iraqi Civilians Killed, Estimated – A UN issued report dated Sept 20, 2006 stating that Iraqi civilian casualities 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 casualities at over 600,000.
  • Iraqi Insurgents Killed, Roughly Estimated – 55,000
  • Non-Iraqi Contractors and Civilian Workers Killed – 536
  • Non-Iraqi Kidnapped – 305, including 54 killed, 147 released, 4 escaped, 6 rescued and 94 status unknown.
  • Daily Insurgent Attacks, Feb 2004 – 14
  • Daily Insurgent Attacks, July 2005 – 70
  • Daily Insurgent Attacks, May 2007 – 163
  • Estimated Insurgency Strength, Nov 2003 – 15,000
  • Estimated Insurgency Strength, Oct 2006 – 20,000 – 30,000
  • Estimated Insurgency Strength, June 2007 – 70,000

QUALITY OF LIFE INDICATORS

  • Iraqis Displaced Inside Iraq, by Iraq War, as of May 2007 – 2,135,000
  • Iraqi Refugees in Syria & Jordan – 1.3 million to 1.75 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 (Per CNN.com, July 30, 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, per Ryan Crocker, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq (Per Los Angeles Times, July 27, 2007)
  • 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% (Per CNN.com, July 30, 2007)
  • Water Treatment Plants Rehabilitated – 22%

RESULTS OF POLL Taken in Iraq in August 2005 by the British Ministry of Defense (Source: Brookings Institute)

  • Iraqis ‘strongly opposed to presence of coalition troops – 82%
  • Iraqis who believe Coalition forces are responsible for any improvement in security – less than 1%
  • Iraqis who feel less secure because of the occupation – 67%
  • Iraqis who do not have confidence in multi-national forces – 72%

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I’m tired of reading partisan arguments, i.e. left vs. right, liberal vs. conservative, blah blah. This is fodder to keep us busy arguing with each other instead of doing what we should be doing: Follow the money.

Do that, and you will understand why and what is going on.

‘Let’s invade Iraq with trumped up evidence!’ – let’s justify our defence spending!

‘Let’s bring democracy to the Iraqi people!’ – open up their infrastructure to be serviced by American companies, where the profits go to the multinationals.

‘Let’s liberate them!’ – ensure that petro-dollars are being recycled in US dollars of course – Saddam wanted to price oil in Euros , not the US dollar, which must remain the world’s reserve currency right? If you understand that statement then you understand the Iraq War. (http://www.thinkandask.com/news/thedollar.html)

‘We cannot leave!’ – We have not stabilized their country to install our corporations yet!

The Iraq War was pretext. Nothing more. Winning is incidental. And those poor sons and daughters of Americans and Iraqis pay the ultimate price of their government’s manipulation and their corporate/financial masters. What’s a few thousands of bodies when you compare that to the billions of dollars to be spent and made? Does the media ever ask how these wars are going to be paid for? Do they follow the dollars and report on that? Nope. All we get is body counts, patriotic funerals, and, oh yeah, whatever Britney, Lindsay, Harry Potter, and Beckham are doing.

Saddam never posed a threat to the US. Sure, he posed a threat to his own people, but not to us. Why are we there? Instead of sending our troops into Afghanistan to get Osama, why not put a 2 billion dollar bounty on his head? That is 10 days of spending in Iraq (recent figures put the daily cost at 200M). Ya think someone would turn him in for that? Why not? Oh yeah. His immediate capture was never intended. Wouldn’t spend enough money.

The US needs Ron Paul. So do us Canadians. His message is the only message that makes sense, not the standard rhetoric that is spewing from the mouths of other candidates.

The Democrats and the Republicans are like the Gambino and Corleone mob families. They have their turf wars and publicly engineered disputes, but all of them will descend on those who threaten the racket of the IRS and the Federal Reserve who collect and print the money to finance these debacles of big government and endless wars of what is now termed as “nation building”.

Read the following quote.  Then read it again.  And again.  Does this not describe exactly what is happening with respect to the money?:

“Capital must protect itself in every possible manner by combination and legislation. Debts must be collected, bonds and mortgages must be foreclosed as rapidly as possible. When, through a process of law, the common people lose their homes they will become more docile and more easily governed through the influence of the strong arm of government, applied by a central power of wealth under control of leading financiers. This truth is well known among our principal men now engaged in forming an imperialism of Capital to govern the world. By dividing the voters through the political party system, we can get them to expend their energies in fighting over questions of no importance. Thus by discreet action we can secure for ourselves what has been so well planned and so successfully accomplished.”
– US Bankers Magazine, August 25, 1924.

This is not about oil per se. This war is about US dollar hegemony. Saddam was not attacked because he posed a threat to the world. Saddam was attacked because he was making moves to price the oil bourse in Euros, thus threatening US petro-dollar recycling. He was initiating a real threat to the US dollar as the world’s reserve currency, if other oil producing nations followed suit.

In the Green River Formation in the Western United States, an area of federally (yes the US government owns the land) owned land of about 16,000 square miles, they have more oil inside their borders than all the proven resources on Earth! This study was conducted by the US Energy Department, who estimated that there are 2 trillion barrels of oil located here with about 1.2 trillion barrels being recoverable. Here are the official estimates:

– 8-times as much oil as Saudi Arabia
– 18-times as much oil as Iraq
– 21-times as much oil as Kuwait
– 22-times as much oil as Iran
– 500-times as much oil as Yemen

In fact, there is more oil located here than the ENTIRE Middle East. The RAND corporation estimates that this small area could produce 3 million barrels a day, and the US Energy Dept says that this could eventually produce up to 10 million barrels a day. With 1.2T barrels of recoverable oil producing 10M barrels a day divided by 365, this resource would take 328 years to deplete.

All this oil within the US border. Imagine if all those dollars spent in Iraq were spent to develop this oil supply. The US consumes about 21M barrels a day. They produce about 5.2M. They import 5.6M barrels from OPEC. With the Green River Formation, the US could remove it’s dependancies on the Middle East. You can review the statistics here:

With an aggressive energy conservation plan, and investments in alternative energy sources to prepare for the day when the oil runs out (or we are all dead from pollution) , the US could become self sufficient in oil.

But that is not the plan is it? It is global domination via fiat currency wars.

Ron Paul knows this. He is a currently sitting Texas Republican Congressman (has been since 1997) who is currently making a run for President in 2008. I leave you with a few of his speeches he has actually made in Congress:

Go Ron Paul!

http://www.ronpaul2008.com

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