Monday, March 21, 2011

Libya military action could cost billions

According to the National Journal,
With U.N. coalition forces bombarding Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi from the sea and air, the United States’ part in the operation could ultimately hit several billion dollars -- and require the Pentagon to request emergency funding from Congress to pay for it.
The first day of Operation Odyssey Dawn had a price tag that was well over $100 million for the U.S. in missiles alone. And the U.S. military, which remains in the lead now in its third day, has pumped millions more into air- and sea-launched strikes targeting air-defense sites and ground-force positions along Libya’s coastline.
Libya is not a matter of national security. What is it about "we can't afford it" that neither Republicans  nor Democrats seem to understand? (Don't tell me this is about humanitarianism. If we were that concerned with humanitarianism, we would have stopped the atrocities in the Sudan a decade or more ago).

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