What We Didn't Do With The $113 Billion We Inexplicably Spent On Afghanistan

Abby Zimet

From the National Priorities Project, a list of tradeoffs we're unwillingly making for our senseless wars. We could have bought health care for over 25 million people, 16 million Head Start slots, much good for teachers, firefighters, veterans, students, etc. Another, equally dismaying version -proposed vs. actual allotment - here. Way past time to bring 'em home.

Taxpayers in The United States will pay $122.0 billion for Proposed Afghanistan war spending for FY2011. For the same amount of money, the following could be provided:

  • 62.5 million Children Receiving Low-Income Healthcare for One Year OR
  • 1.9 million Elementary School Teachers for One Year OR
  • 2.1 million Firefighters for One Year OR
  • 16.0 million Head Start Slots for Children for One Year OR
  • 27.6 million Households with Renewable Electricity - Solar Photovoltaic for One Year OR
  • 73.7 million Households with Renewable Electricity-Wind Power for One Year OR
  • 15.6 million Military Veterans Receiving VA Medical Care for One Year OR
  • 25.1 million People Receiving Low-Income Healthcare for One Year OR
  • 1.8 million Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officers for One Year OR
  • 15.5 million Scholarships for University Students for One Year OR
  • 22.0 million Students receiving Pell Grants of $5550

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