Count the Zeros

RECEIVED Fri., July 16, 2010

Dear Editor,
    One million dollars looks like this: $1,000,000 (six zeros). For 1 billion, multiply by 100 (nine zeros). For 1 trillion, multiply again by 100 (12 zeros). To date, the Iraq war has cost $1,700,000,000,000. The final tally, years ahead, is estimated at 3 trillion-plus U.S. citizens' taxpayer dollars.
    Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and the Pentagon assured us that these costs would be offset by Iraq oil revenues. Does anyone know how much the U.S. has gotten back from Iraq oil revenues? Are Exxon Mobil, BP, and the other oil companies working hard to bring Iraq oil profits back to U.S. taxpayers?
    Do corporations do that kind of thing? Hypothetically, how would the U.S. economy and budget look today if Congress had refused to authorize Bush’s Iraq war? Count the zeros!
John Callaghan
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