Monday, March 21, 2011
Can we afford operation Odyssey Dawn?
Now that the US economy is on the mend, the deficit is shrinking, housing prices are back on the rise, gas prices have stabilized, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are drawing to a close, and Japan is recovering nicely, it makes perfect sense for us to spend hundreds of millions of dollars fighting a war that other countries are perfectly capable and willing to fight without us....
From Yahoo -- With U.S. and coalition forces bombarding Libya leader Muammer al-Qaddafi's forces from the sea and air, the cost for the first day alone of the operation was well over $100 million with the total price tag expected to grow much higher the longer the strikes continue, analysts said.
With allies expected to shoulder some of the bill, the initial stages of taking out Libya's air defenses could ultimately cost U.S.-led coalition forces between $400 million and $800 million, according to a report released by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments earlier this month.
Maintaining a coastal no-fly-zone after those first strikes would cost in the range of $30 million to $100 million per week.
What are we doing? Libya is a third-world piece of crap country with a rag-tag 1950's military. I'm pretty sure Great Britain and France can handle things without the US piling on just for the fun of it. Any other time I'd say sure, pile on, get some training in at Qaddafi's expense. But we should be occupied dealing with our own problems right now. Unless a country poses an existential threat to the US, let somebody else spank them for a change.