Tuesday, August 23, 2011

US Military Intervention in Libya Cost At Least $896 Million

At least according to ABC News' Luis Martinez, $896 million is the cost of US operations in Libya. The U.S. has also promised $25 million in non-lethal aid to the Libyan Transitional National Council. And what has the US purchased for this? Two elder sons who are in custody (one of which may have been promoted to celebrity status as a result of his incarceration), Gaddafi is still at large, and at least 1,300 dead in Tripoli. The actions have done nothing to stabilize the post Arab Spring movements in Egypt and Syria. Yet Leon Panetta, Secretary of Defense, is carping about how expensive it is to run military retirements. I wonder how many retirements could have been covered for the $896 million it has cost thus far for Libya?

ABC News

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