According to an Associated Press report that came out yesterday, the "economic costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are estimated to total $1.6 trillion ... for the period from 2002 to 2008".
1.6 trillion dollars!
A per family break down: it'll cost a family of four $20,900 to cover that bill.
With that amount I could ...
pay for roughly two to three years of college for one of my kids.
pay off my van or car.
go home to Louisiana (with my entire family) at least a dozen times.
invest wisely and be set to retire.
buy nice shoes. Lots of nice shoes.
I really don't want to pay for bullets, or warplanes or for the burials of war casualties.
I am really not interested in footing that particular expense.
I certainly have enough of my own.