Don’t ever complain to me about the money spent on Iraq, again

For years –years!– under George W. Bush, the Democrats and their Leftist allies cried rivers of crocodile tears over the money being spent to first liberate, then stabilize that land. They claimed so often and so loudly to be worried about the debts incurred and the deficits run, that they convinced the electorate that they would actually be better stewards of the public’s money, and partly for that were given control of Congress in 2006.

Well, have a look at this:

In less than two years, the Democrats have made spending on the war in Iraq look like pocket change:

As President Obama prepares to tie a bow on U.S. combat operations in Iraq, Congressional Budget Office numbers show that the total cost of the eight-year war was less than the stimulus bill passed by the Democratic-led Congress in 2009.

According to CBO numbers in its Budget and Economic Outlook published this month, the cost of Operation Iraqi Freedom was $709 billion for military and related activities, including training of Iraqi forces and diplomatic operations.

The projected cost of the stimulus, which passed in February 2009, and is expected to have a shelf life of two years, was $862 billion.

The U.S. deficit for fiscal year 2010 is expected to be $1.3 trillion, according to CBO. That compares to a 2007 deficit of $160.7 billion and a 2008 deficit of $458.6 billion, according to data provided by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.

In 2007 and 2008, the deficit as a percentage of gross domestic product was 1.2 percent and 3.2 percent, respectively.

That’s $709 billion spread over seven years, compared to $862 billion in one-third the time.

In return for our money*, in Iraq we overthrew a brutal, murderous dictator and helped establish what has a good chance to become the first stable Arab democracy ever in the heart of the Middle East, a nation that could, with luck, patience, and skill, become a strong ally against terrorism and the plans of the religious fascists in Tehran. We also crushed al Qaeda in Iraq, forcing it to waste lives and resources there, and exposing its brutality for all the Arab world to see.

In return for the stimulus package, we got… unemployment higher than promised and that may turn structural, a feeble economic “recovery” that threatens to go into another recession, mind-boggling deficits and debt to foreign powers, and, by admission from the President’s own economic adviser, a failure.

You tell me which money was better spent.

And I don’t ever again want to hear a (Social) Democrat complain about the costs of “Bush’s war,” or about fiscal responsibility in general.

*(No, I am not discounting or monetizing the lives lost in Iraq. Any casualties in war are tragedies, however necessary. But this discussion is strictly about the money spent and the Democrats’ rank hypocrisy when they posed as champions of fiscal responsibility.)

via Fausta.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)

6 Responses to Don’t ever complain to me about the money spent on Iraq, again

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  2. Porkchop says:

    You should check the math, though. He didn’t.

    Frex, in one place he says:

    No one will say that $709 billion is not a lot of money. But first, that was spread over eight years. Secondly, let’s put that in some perspective. Below are some figures for those eight years, 2003 through 2010.

    Total federal outlays: $22,296 billion.
    Cumulative deficit: $4,731 billion.
    Medicare spending: $2,932 billion.
    Iraq War spending: $709 billion.
    The Obama stimulus: $572 billion.

    Then later he claims:

    Iraq War spending accounted for just 3.2% of all federal spending while it lasted.

    709 divided by 22,296 = 31.7%. And he complains about other people’s math errors.

    It isn’t his only mistake. He’s distorting a lot of math here to make his point, which is unfortunate. But he’s also leaving out some really interesting things.

    Why no mention of the war in Afghanistan? There’s a good reason: check to see what the numbers on that were.

    Why doesn’t he mention Bush’s $700 Billion Bailout in 2008? That wasn’t a Democratic proposal: that was straight from Shifty Paulsen and the Republican White House.

    The core problem here is this is more regurgitated, distorted Republican talking point bullshit. Take a look at the numbers yourself and make your own analysis. There’s plenty to get pissed about WITHOUT distorting the basic, widely available information.

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  4. zachriel2 says:

    Much of the deficit is due to the recession due to the financial meltdown at the end of the Bush Administration, that, and the sharp reduction in marginal tax rates. The stimulus is a minor factor over the long run, as it is a one-off. War spending, and associated healthcare costs, are ongoing.

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