Today is our 1,994th day in Iraq.
We'll start as we always do, with the latest casualty figures from the warron terra, courtesy of Antiwar.com:
Since war began (3/19/03): 4151
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 4012
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3690
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3292
Since Election (1/31/05): 2714
Other Coalition Troops - Iraq: 314
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 581
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 366
Contractor Deaths - Iraq: 444
We find this morning's Cost of War
passing through $ 550, 598, 575, 000.00.
Since it's the first day of school tomorrow for most of the United States, we'll briefly take a closer look at the war's cost in real-world terms today.
$4,681 per household.
$1,721 per person.
$341.4 million per day.
For the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the money spend in Iraq could have bought the following things:
2,217,591 Head Start Places for Children for One Year OR
265,270 Elementary School Teachers for One Year OR
317,450 Music and Arts Teachers for One Year OR
1,932,158 Scholarships for University Students for One Year
(more at the link.)