$536, 121, 136, 524 and counting

/ 12 July 2008

This number is so huge I can’t even grasp it — $536, 121, 136, 524 — and even as I type it into this program, it’s grown beyond that. This is the cost of the war in Iraq. Translated into numbers that might make more sense, that would be $5,840 per household, $2,147 per person. The National Priorities Project has a handy little calculator that can figure out for a variety of locations, not only what is being spent, but what else it might have been spent on. Check it out.