Did it spend as much in three weeks in Iraq as seven years in Afghanistan?

Here is the breakdown for Biden's claim:

CRS Report for Congress
The Cost of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Global War on Terror Operations Since 9/11
(found on fas.org site)

Covers FY2001 - FY2009
Afghanistan war $172 billion (8 yrs)
Iraq war $653 billion (6 years)

Let's just take average / year / week

AF: $21.5 billion / yr
IR: $109 billion / yr

7 years of AF $150.5 billion
3 weeks of IR $6.3 billion

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Blogger Dangerclose said...

But how much did we actually spend in the first 3 weeks. Don't go by averages.

I agree he may be wrong. But the most expensive part of the war was probably lobbing millions of dollars of missiles and munitions into Iraq during "Shock and Awe" campaign.

10/07/2008 2:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're an idiot.

10/11/2008 4:03 AM  
Blogger Bubble Girl said...

You're not using the correct numbers. Biden was contrasting the combat costs in Iraq against what we've spent on reconstruction (see transcript: "building that country") in Afghanistan.

True, it's not an apples-to-apples comparison but the point is that reconstruction in Afghanistan is vital to stabilizing that nation (and thus preventing further terrorist activity) but we're more concerned with continuing to wage war in Iraq.

Obviously numbers can be massaged either way but it is intentionally misleading to blatantly disregard the rest of a man's sentence when making claims of inaccuracy.

10/14/2008 9:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with anonymous. You're an idiot. I can't believe that even Fox would allow you to link to your own blog as "evidence" for the inaccuracy of Biden's claims, especially when your analysis is idiotic and off-point. Brainless conservatives like you are why we Republicans lost the election this time. Please contribute something substantive and use your gray matter for something useful. You seem like a smart guy, or you certainly insinuate that you are in your mini-autobiography - pull your head out.

11/11/2008 5:25 AM  

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