Thursday, October 20, 2011

Cost Tax Payers $2 Billion to Kill Qaddafi and That is Cheap

Joe Biden said the total cost of the Libyan War was $2 Billion on tax payers money. The Obama Administration would call it more cost effective and on the cheap. The American people would call it a waste of money. There isn't a reason why we went after Qaddafi. There wasn't a reason why we went after Egyptian President Mubarak. Instead of nation building that Bush was criticized, Obama is doing regime change with radical Islamic friends. This is Obama's foreign policy. The president wants to destabilize the Middle East for a nuclear war. Did anyone check if Obama has 666 imprinted on his head?

(National Journal) Call him the billion-dollar man. One billion for one dictator.

According to the Pentagon, that was the cost to U.S. taxpayers for Muammar el-Qaddafi’s head: $1.1 billion through September, the latest figure just out of the Defense Department.

And that’s just for the Americans.

The final totals will take some time to add up, and still do not include the State Department, CIA, and other agencies involved or other NATO and participating countries. Vice President Joe Biden said that the U.S. "spent $2 billion total and didn’t lose a single life." NATO does not track the operational costs to each member country, but the funds directly taken from a common NATO account for Libya operations have totaled about $7.4 million per month for electronic warfare capabilities and $1.1 million per month for headquarters and command staff, a NATO spokesman said.

From the beginning of Operation Unified Protector in March, critics have questioned whether the U.S. could afford to open a third front. The Congressional Research Services estimate the Afghanistan war has cost nearly $500 billion so far. With Iraq, the figure easily tops $1 trillion.

In the first week of Libya operations, bombs were dropped from B-2 stealth planes flown from Missouri and roughly 200 missiles launched from submarines in the Mediterranean, causing alarm that any extended campaign would quickly cost billions more.

But after the U.S. military ramped up the operation, other NATO countries shouldered most of the air burden. Americans took a supporting role: aerial refueling tankers, electronic jamming, and surveillance.