Saturday, November 10, 2007


Cost of Iraq War Compared to Energy Investment

Here’s a graph which compares the amount of money spent on the war in Iraq to the amounts spent on R&D in various types of energy. Without even looking, you can guess there’s going to be a huge difference. The graph just brings the message home, well, graphically.

Now, you are going to say that this doesn’t make sense, and of course you are right. Instead of bringing destruction and misery and death to Iraq, the money could have been used to repair America’s sagging infrastructure, invest in renewables, help the poor, or any number of other worthy purposes.

But this does make sense to those whose agenda is preserving the Empire. As I observed in the previous post, those who decided to spend our money this way are thinking of the tremendous geopolitical advantage that controlling Iraq’s oil will confer on them. They are willing to spend a lot of money on achieving that end, and so expenditures like this are not considered too high.

So in the end, it all comes down to your point of view.

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