Supporting rebellion against a dictator is not cheap. Those Tomahawk cruise missiles our military and allies have been firing in Libya come at a price tag of between one million and one-and-a-half million dollars each. We’ve launched more than 160.
The U-S also sent B-2 stealth bombers to the Libya area. Those babies cost $10,000 an hour to operate. What was it Eisenhower said about how many schools could be built for the price of one bomber?
The point is, military missions are expensive … without even considering the cost in terms of casualties. The current armed intervention into another nation’s internal affairs is certainly nothing new for us in that part of the world. This time we’re doing it with little or no public debate, and without much apparent citizen concern since none of our people are on the ground in Libya.
President Obama says part of our motivation is requests from national leaders in the Middle East.
And with oil over a hundred bucks a barrel … but surely that is not a consideration!
Our thought for today is from Robert E. Lee:
“It is well that war is so terrible – otherwise we would grow too fond of it.”