You Do the Math
You do the math.
Someone told me a couple of years ago that he thought we needed to militarily intervene in Iraq because “Somebody’s got to teach those people how to think, don’t they?”
Well, if we wanted to teach them to think, maybe we could have spent our trillion dollars (direct and indirect costs) a little better.
The cost of a 4-year degree runs about $50,000 (that’s a generous estimate, but it will do here). This means that for 1 trillion dollars we could have sent 20 million Iraqis to college.
Wait–the Iraq population over age 18 is only about 12 million. Okay, we could send them to graduate school too.
The point isn’t idle sarcasm–it’s to get a grip on the sheer magnitude of how much money/resources are being spent in Iraq. I think our politicians and public are basically innumerate, and don’t comprehend this. The amount of money is staggering, and for the same amount we could have come up with any number of more creative and effective solutions.