Cost of Libya Intervention $600 Million for First Week- Pentagon

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Attention: All you folk that want to carp about Bush’s “unpaid for” wars, listen up!

One week after an international military coalition intervened in Libya, the cost to U.S. taxpayers has reached at least $600 million, according figures provided by the Pentagon. U.S. ships and submarines in the Mediterranean have launched at least 191 Tomahawk cruise missiles from their arsenals, costing $268.8 million, the Pentagon said.

One point four million per cruise missile. They were about a million when Clinton wagged the dog over the chubby intern.

U.S. warplanes have dropped 455 precision guided bombs, costing tens of thousands of dollars each. A downed Air Force F-15E fighter jet will cost more than $60 million to replace. And operation of ships and aircraft, guzzling ever-more-expensive fuel to maintain their positions off the Libyan coast and in the skies above, could reach millions of dollars a week, experts say.

…The three B-2 stealth bombers that flew from Missouri to Libya and back on an early bombing mission each cost an estimated $10,000 per hour to fly, a defense official said. That means the planes, each on a 25-hour round-trip flight, ran up a bill of $750,000, and the 45 Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) they dropped added at least $1.3 million more.

Cruise missile? $1.4 million.

F-15? $31 Million

Mind numbing hypocrisy over intervening in a country that did not attack us nor posed no imminent threat to us?


H/T Memeorandum
Cross posted at Proof Positive

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  • Brent

    A billion here, a billion there. We have cash to burn, right? It’s not like any major Asian nations are going to stop lending us money (except for China and Japan), right?

    • Proof

      “A billion here, a billion there” As Ev Dirksen used to say, “Pretty soon, it adds up to real money!”

      • Brent

        Or, if you count the ever omnipresent federal reserve, it adds up to a whole of funny (devalued) money. The Fed is the now the major holder of federal debt, which when you think about it (the principle is never paid – just rolled over constantly – and the “interest payments” get funneled back to the US Treasury), means that our government, in its own complicated and convoluted way, is no different than some broke ass, rag-tag third world banana republic.

  • Vlad Taltos

    3 Weeks ago conservatives were calling Obama a ditherer and wanted a No Fly Zone. What has changed?

    • Proof

      “3 Weeks ago conservatives were calling Obama a ditherer” Three weeks ago, Obama was a ditherer. What does that have to do with the price tag on his war?

      • bike bubba

        And he still is a ditherer, and he’s spending money at a rate that makes the Iraq war look parsimonious with nowhere near the mandate that President Bush had. But who cares? it’s not like HE’s going to be the one who can’t find income because the country’s economy is trashed and the whole world hates us.

  • Jimmypop

    nyse ticker; rtn.

    buy some.

  • Bat One

    Interesting that you’ve chosen to post a picture of an F-15 Eagle, Rob. According to what I’ve read, the deadliest aircraft in the world, the F-22 Raptor, has yet to fly a single sortie in the War for Libyan Oil.

    • ec99

      It wasn’t used because its stealth capabilities rendered it invisible to allied aircraft.

      • Bat One

        True… sort of. Other allied aircraft, and AWACS and other C&C can’t “see” the Raptor because of it’s limited data uplink capability, but it’s downlink capability is no less than that of an F-15.

        Also, I believe the F-22 can only carry 2 JDAMs. It is strictly an air-superiority platform, and at that it is superior to anything else with wings.

    • Proof

      The F-15 was the one that “malfunctioned”, coincidentally over a source of heavy anti-aircraft fire. The pilot and crew were rescued. But, the most transparent administration in history would have told us if it had been shot down!

      • Bat One

        Yeah, right!

    • Bat One

      Proof, My apologies. I hadn’t noticed that this was your post.

      • Proof

        Not a problem!

  • WOOF

    By lowering income tax rates on the top 2% of Americans we can easily generate any needed war revenue. Who can fault Republican supply side logic ?

  • tarpon

    Liberals make pretzels out of themselves, even without dough.

    Has anyone figured out our Humanitarian Imperialism mission yet? Is it different from what Obama hates so much, Colonial Imperislism? How? Should Obama be airdropping food instead of bombs.

    And NATO bugs out before it is even in … Priceless

  • RES

    I saw a map showing that the oil fields were all owned by the Europeans. do you think they will pay us back for helping out like they did for world war ll?

  • Liberty

    Hopefully this amendment cosponsored by Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich goes somewhere.