The combined cost of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars as of December 3rd, 2009:
Enough money to pay for the health care of 269,705,508 Americans.
Enough money to send 141,481,138 Americans to college on a full one-year University scholarship.
Enough money to hire 19,764,579 public safety officers.
Enough money to hire 15,032,144 elementary school teachers.
“We have all taken risks in the making of war. Isn’t it time that we should take risks to secure peace?”
J. Ramsay MacDonald
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1890-1969
34th President of the United States