24 June, 2011

Our Money Literally Blown Away on Bombs And Missiles On Libya-Why?

Copyright © 2011 Universal Press Syndicate

The House has rejected a bill that would have cut off funding for the U.S. military intervention in Libya, voting 180-238 to kill the defunding effort. The bill would have likely been dead on arrival in the Senate. In a separate vote earlier Friday, the House rejected a resolution that would have formally authorized military force in Libya.
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MARIO LAPORTA/AFP/Getty Images.A US Navy F-16 fighter jet based at Sigonella airbase on the Italian island of Sicily takes off on March 21, 2011 to take part in operations,in Libya.

"Operation Odyssey Dawn, Costs Mounting"
 By Megan Scully-www.nationaljournal.com/ .
Updated: March 23, 2011 (|) 2:18 p.m. March 23, 2011 | 1:35 p.m.
"The Libya operation could cost billions" http://www.nationaljournal.com/nationalsecurity/five-days-into-operation-odyssey-dawn-costs-mounting-20110323?page=2.

March 21, 2001," U.S.-led forces launched 162 long-range Tomahawk cruise missiles, which cost about $1 million to $1.5 million apiece, from ships stationed off the Libyan coast. The total to replace those missiles comes to between $162 million and $243 million. It is unclear how many of those Tomahawks came from the U.S. inventory, but it is believed the vast majority did".

"The Defense Department typically buys about 200 Tomahawks a year".
"The B-2s dropped 45 Joint Direct Attack Munitions, or JDAMS, which are 2,000-pound bombs that cost" between $30,000 and $40,000 apiece to replace".

"Harrison estimated that the initial stages of taking out Qaddafi’s coastal air defenses would cost between $400 million and $800 million. But the coalition is now targeting his ground forces in an effort to protect civilians -- a factor that Harrison said will drive up the initial costs of the operation. "
Source: By Megan Scully-www.nationaljournal.com/.

Here Is Why, People Die, And Why We Are Broke

World Top 10 - Oil Reserves Countries


 Top 5 Countries Receiving Aid From The United States

Iraq, 51.2 Billion

Israel, 28.4 Billion                                                      

Afghanistan 25.6 Billion                           

Egypt 18.5 Billion

Russia 10.7 Billion

Economic aid supporting U.S. political and security objectives.

                  In FY2004, Congress appropriated $5.4 billion, 26% of total assistance,
                 for five major programs whose primary purpose is to meet special U.S.
         economic, political, for security interests. The bulk of these funds
 — $3 billion — are provided through theEconomic Support
Fund (ESF), an aid category designed to advance American

     strategic goals with economic assistance. Since the 1979 Camp
        David accords andespecially since the end of the Cold War, most
            ESF has gone to support the MiddleEast Peace Process. Since 9/11,
                 much ESF has targeted countries of importance inthe war on terrorism.
ESF funds can be used for development projects
    (about 57% of the total in FY2004),
        or in other ways, such as cash transfers, to help countries stabilize
       their economies and service foreign debt (about 43% in FY2004).


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