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Pentagon estimates Libya costs at $608 million (and counting...lots of angry comments)
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Posted on 04/11/2011 9:24:34 AM PDT by quesney

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon said Monday the military intervention in Libya cost the U.S. an extra $608 million in the first few of weeks of the operation. Spending is down significantly, though not as much as expected. Defense Department spokeswoman Navy Cmdr. Kathleen Kesler said it will take several weeks to tally exactly how much has been spent. But $608 million is the price tag officials have estimated through April 4 — or for 17 days of the mission, the most recent figures available. The estimate shows a large drop from what the U.S. spent in the early days of the multinational operation that started March 19 — roughly $55 million a day in the first 10 days, then about $8.3 million a day in the seven that followed.

Still, very rough projections late last month estimated costs would decline even more than that as the U.S. handed lead of the operation to NATO. The alliance would also conduct most of the bombing missions. Officials didn't explain what caused the higher-than-expected rate of spending. It's possible at least part is due to the fact that the full transition to NATO went a little slower than expected.

It is the second time the Pentagon has released costs for setting up the no-fly zone in the North African nation and protecting civilians from strongman Moammar Gadhafi as he resists a movement to oust him.

Officials late last month said the added spending from March 19 through March 28, the first 10 days of the intervention, was $550 million. About 60 percent was for munitions. The remaining costs were for "higher operating tempo" of U.S. forces and of getting them there.

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1 posted on 04/11/2011 9:24:38 AM PDT by quesney
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To: quesney

What a damn waste, this gets up there with Ryans and Cantors TARP vote for a waste of tax payers money. Hell it is only debt.


2 posted on 04/11/2011 9:27:35 AM PDT by org.whodat
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To: quesney
It has cost a Hell of allot more than that. The missiles cost at least 150 Million. every Sorte costs close to a million even if they do not drop ordinance, and they are dropping plenty. How much does the added up keap on the equipment cost.

More lies. Try close to 2 billion already, and counting.

3 posted on 04/11/2011 9:29:21 AM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: quesney

I think that is a low ball number you don’t get much kma for less than a billion


4 posted on 04/11/2011 9:30:22 AM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom!!! <sarc>)
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

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5 posted on 04/11/2011 9:32:00 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: quesney

I can think of a lot better uses for the money spent.


6 posted on 04/11/2011 9:34:09 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: quesney

There is hardly any kind comments for Dear Leader following that article.

Yes Virginia, Obama sucks.


7 posted on 04/11/2011 9:35:32 AM PDT by dforest
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To: quesney

Good God what a waste!

Obama could have used that money for two whole vacations!


8 posted on 04/11/2011 9:38:36 AM PDT by Eyes Unclouded ("The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out." -George Carlin)
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To: Eyes Unclouded

“Days not weeks”..isn’t that right Barry?


9 posted on 04/11/2011 9:43:10 AM PDT by freebird5850 (Of course Obama loves his country...it's just that Sarah Palin loves mine!)
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To: Eyes Unclouded

“Days not weeks”..isn’t that right Barry?


10 posted on 04/11/2011 9:43:27 AM PDT by freebird5850 (Of course Obama loves his country...it's just that Sarah Palin loves mine!)
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To: quesney

just wait until the real humanitarian mission begins. libya will seem like the 51st state once the liberals really get going . . .


11 posted on 04/11/2011 9:44:28 AM PDT by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: Eyes Unclouded
Obama could have used that money for two whole vacations!

Or a couple racks o' ribs for the missus.

12 posted on 04/11/2011 9:48:10 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Imagine.... a world without islam.)
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To: Nachum

print money faster


13 posted on 04/11/2011 9:51:08 AM PDT by dalebert
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To: quesney

Stop Gadhafi at any cost...to the American taxpayer.


14 posted on 04/11/2011 9:51:19 AM PDT by Jane Long (2 Chron 7:14)
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To: dalebert

What part of ObamaCare does this operation fall under? Nazi Pelousy said they had to pass it to find out what’s in it. The Lybia op must be in there somewhere. The Brown Clown is killing this once great country.


15 posted on 04/11/2011 10:02:24 AM PDT by NCC-1701 (Impeach the Kenyan usurper. This administration is unConitutional. Show us the long form.)
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To: quesney

The comments there are pretty scathing, things you would expect on FR.


16 posted on 04/11/2011 10:04:10 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 ("It is only when we've lost everything, that we are free to do anything" -- Fight Club)
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To: quesney

The Gadaffi side wants a cease fire. The rebel side says, “No thanks, we’re digging our new proxy air force. Plus regardless of what the US said about protecting civilians, we all know it’s about regime change dummy!”


17 posted on 04/11/2011 10:04:22 AM PDT by Sax
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To: quesney

“You’re sure this telephone can’t be tapped? OK. Mallomar, or whatever your name is, we can do this the easy way and you send us two suitcases full of $100 bills for the Democrat party, or we can do it the hard way, at which point the cruise missiles start coming. Which is it?”


18 posted on 04/11/2011 10:04:58 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Jim from C-Town

Tomahawk missiles cost about 1% of what you listed.


19 posted on 04/11/2011 10:09:08 AM PDT by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: PapaBear3625
The comments there are pretty scathing, things you would expect on FR.

Yup, and Yahoo used to be a real zero cheerleader. I'm loving it.

20 posted on 04/11/2011 10:10:38 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (TX and MI - When the going gets tough, the dims run and hide.)
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To: Jim from C-Town

“More lies. Try close to 2 billion already, and counting”

Yeah, that’s right. They’re using some kind of marginal cost accounting that doesn’t account for the full cost - and getting a lot of heat for it.

It’s beyond Libya. It’s about how recklessly people in DC spends American blood and treasure - with abandon, with complete disregard for the what’s sacrificed. They just don’t care. It isn’t their blood or their treasure.


21 posted on 04/11/2011 10:15:48 AM PDT by quesney
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To: PapaBear3625

“The comments there are pretty scathing, things you would expect on FR.”

Conservative outrage is going mainstream - definitely. And it’ll intensify and spread as the economy tanks again over the coming year or so.


22 posted on 04/11/2011 10:17:51 AM PDT by quesney
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To: quesney

Must be the rising fuel costs? Maybe they should look at a (ships) trade in?


23 posted on 04/11/2011 10:19:32 AM PDT by RedhairRedhair (I STILL love my (scab made) Toyota)
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To: quesney

Sadly to say “conservatives” in the Senate were not too outraged on March 1 when they called on Obama to implement the no fly zone.


24 posted on 04/11/2011 10:20:19 AM PDT by Captain Kirk
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To: NCC-1701

looks like this great country is a gonner already..and O didnt do it alone.


25 posted on 04/11/2011 10:26:33 AM PDT by dalebert
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To: quesney

How many libyan civilians did the create or save with that 600 million?

How many american lives could they have saved if they spent that 600 million here at home?

Why are libyan lives worth more than American lives?


26 posted on 04/11/2011 10:30:24 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Gondring

You misunderstood wha I wrote. They have shot off around 150 of them at the cost of close to $1 million a piece. Hence the $150 Million.


27 posted on 04/11/2011 10:38:07 AM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Jim from C-Town

Gotcha!


28 posted on 04/11/2011 11:32:25 AM PDT by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: quesney

Actually, going into Libya is really a brilliant move by Obama. Some of us think that he’s out to bankrupt the country and if that’s true, this ‘project’ has us spending closing in on a Billion and has a lot of Republicans on his side. In fact, some Republicans want him to go for it and invaded the country.

If Obama can get the debt high enough, taxes will have to go up and since Republicans are on board now for three wars, what the hey - higher taxes cannot be far away. Of course, under Obama we will never win any war. We seem screwed.


29 posted on 04/11/2011 12:08:23 PM PDT by unique
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To: quesney; Ernest_at_the_Beach; gleeaikin

It’s all like reliving the Clinton years during the Bosnia action.


30 posted on 04/11/2011 12:21:13 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned....Duncan Hunter Sr. for POTUS.)
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To: quesney

I call BS on the cost being ‘only’ $608 million.

The F-15 we lost cost about $30 million (5% of the claimed total cost) all by itself.


31 posted on 04/11/2011 1:06:44 PM PDT by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: ScottinVA

Or another Dillon Aero Tactical Vehicle for his motorcade.

http://mini-gun.com/media/DillonTacticalVehicle-1.wmv


32 posted on 04/11/2011 1:11:56 PM PDT by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: quesney

Limo libs and Mercedes Marxists are PISSED.


33 posted on 04/11/2011 1:29:11 PM PDT by Tzimisce (Never forget that the American Revolution began when the British tried to disarm the colonists.)
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To: indylindy
George Soros said today that America should take on more debt!

George Soros should be in prison for sedition.

34 posted on 04/11/2011 2:36:21 PM PDT by Rapscallion (Obama is a fraud. The founders gave us the tool of impeachment for a reason.)
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To: org.whodat
What a damn waste

You've got that right. Oboma is an idiot for pulling a stunt like this (and everything else he's done so far as well - all failures).

35 posted on 04/11/2011 2:39:27 PM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: quesney

We have some Libyan Money to throw at that!


36 posted on 04/11/2011 3:39:21 PM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date which will live in Infamy.)
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To: quesney

My son is a career soldier. Been in over 19 years and is a batallion CSM currently deployed. This is his fifth deployment into harms way. My wife spoke with his wife today. Even though the shutdown never happened, military members received only half a pay check. At one point there was actually talk of closing down the Commissary.

My daughter-in-law is a great money manager, but even she will have to do some quick funds transfers to cover their bills. Many soldiers, particularly the lower enlisted ranks, will probably be in big trouble because they do not, as a rule, plan for this kind of difficulty. Moreover, they tend to spend away their paychecks on cars, trucks and electyronic doodads.

Both Onada and Boehner were ready to throw the troops under the bus, in fact they did, while at the same time protecting civil servant union members. That’s just plain despicable. Both these creatures need to made to pay a price for their perfidy.

Shame on them to hell.


37 posted on 04/11/2011 4:02:33 PM PDT by dools0007world
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To: dools0007world
Both Onada and Boehner were ready to throw the troops under the bus,

The House passed a bill to insure the military would be paid. Obama said he would veto it.

So how, exactly, is Boehner to blame?

38 posted on 04/11/2011 4:20:57 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: quesney
Good grief Moammar Gadhafi was a defanged declawed tiger. We have his WMD's. Egypt as well was a calm nation till Barry took office. We are in three wars with less than a stand down peace time military strength in manpower and equipment. We've wasted ten solid years as well chasing down a mountain goat that a few men doing Covert OPs could have stopped before he ever got started. Somethings going to have to give or our military will collapse.

The downturn for our military readiness began during Desert Storm and hasn't let up. The help never showed up. The adults went to the country club and have stayed there oblivious to all going on.

To top it all off the next radical Islamic cleric who will rule Iraq real soon or may well be now has a nice new improved trained military to use against us yet AGAIN. Our Foreign Policy is certifiable insanity written by fools and idiots for 22 solid years now.

39 posted on 04/11/2011 4:48:03 PM PDT by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: okie01

Perhaps you can’t read. My son’s pay was cut in half. That’s a fact. It is obvious Boehner did not protect our soldiers. What other conclusion can be drawn from this? Please be specific.

Tell me, do you think it’s perfectly ok for deployed soldiers to have their pay cut while in harm’s way? It’s not like they can hang out at the union hall or the pool is it? The people trying to kill them certainly aren’t taking a time out. Are they?


40 posted on 04/11/2011 5:32:46 PM PDT by dools0007world
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To: dools0007world
Perhaps you can’t read. My son’s pay was cut in half. That’s a fact. It is obvious Boehner did not protect our soldiers.

Did Boehner cut your son's pay in half?

Hint: The Speaker of the House doesn't have the power to do that. Indeed, the House is the body that appropriated the money he was to be paid with in the first place.

O.K. Who did it?

The Pentagon. Isn't that who cuts military pay checks?

Who does the Pentagon report to?

Hint: It ain't the Speaker of the House. It's the President.

And that would be who?

And exactly what was it you believe Boehner and the House should have done? They passed a bill that authorized the military be paid in full in the event of a government shutdown. What else should they have done?

Your ire is legitimate. But shouldn't it be directed toward those who are actually responsible?

41 posted on 04/11/2011 5:47:20 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: unique

“Actually, going into Libya is really a brilliant move by Obama.”

For us ... it exposes hypocrisy on iraq (yeah, he never withdrew from iraq either) and shows what little coherence and pretext liberals have for their foriegn adventures.

They told me if I voted for McCain we’d get gitmo trials, endless wars in the mideast, tax cuts for the rich, and
trillion dolalr deficits.
Well, I voted for Mccain and by gum, they were right!


42 posted on 04/11/2011 6:26:00 PM PDT by WOSG (Carpe Diem)
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To: WOSG

Just think of the response of your children when they are poor and hopeless at age 30 when they think back to all these worthless expenditures by nobama, the great leader.


43 posted on 04/11/2011 6:44:35 PM PDT by hal ogen (1st amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: quesney

Why is Hussein spending so MUCH just to LOSE a war? You know he is - but WHY?


44 posted on 04/11/2011 7:09:31 PM PDT by 2harddrive
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To: quesney

Just my 2 cents worth, here....but what if this was ‘all a show’ because of the release of the Lockerbie bomber? The UK and this administration were left with egg on their faces after the the Wikileaks dump. The release was all for an oil deal.


45 posted on 04/11/2011 7:42:44 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Obama's 2012 Slogan: "We've got what it takes, to take what you've got"!)
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To: ScottinVA

Or a bucket full of lobster for the First Fatarse.


46 posted on 04/11/2011 8:01:14 PM PDT by stbdside
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To: okie01

Nice try. But you specifically claimed that Boehner protected military pay in the House bill. Obviously he did not.

Yo Okie01, now he did or he didn’t. You can’t have it both ways.

It’s been four months since conservatives took back the House with a foolproof majority. Including the charade of the budget “negotiations”, name me one thing that Boehner has accomplished for America.

We still have Onadacare and Onada’s cripple America energy policy. We’re still funding NPR. It’s not even clear to me that the current stopgap budget really does defund tax payer funded abortion. EPA continues to run amok and Marxist teachers unions continue to control educating our children—from day care through college.

Please, tell me how Boehner has made America better. You could tell me that he and the House cannot fix everything all at once. I agree with that. But I don’t see that he’s even made a start. Heck, instead of the $100 billion in cuts that Boehner boasted at the beeginning of the budget dance we got $38 billion. As I said, that isn’t even a credible start.


47 posted on 04/12/2011 4:44:57 AM PDT by dools0007world
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To: quesney

I’d like to know both the fully allocated cost and the incremental cost.

What’s the replacement cost of the missles that were fired?

It’s true we would have paid those soldiers anyway. But in Afghanistan we have incremental soldiers that we wouldn’t be paying if we weren’t at war.

Bush use to keep the incremental war costs separate from the normal budget. Obama combined the two so that it would be harder to reduce spending when the wars ended.


48 posted on 04/12/2011 9:21:02 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: dools0007world
i>But you specifically claimed that Boehner protected military pay in the House bill. Obviously he did not.

The House passed it. The Senate failed to do so. The President threatened to veto it if it came to his desk.

The House, by itself, cannot pass legislation. They did what they could.

Obviously, it is the Senate and the President who writes the checks that failed the troops. Why are you unable to admit that?

Especially when, in the event of a government shutdown, it is the President who determines who is and is not "non-essential". And who will be paid...and who won't.

49 posted on 04/12/2011 9:36:11 AM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: okie01

Please name one thing Boehner has done for America in the four months since the last election. This is really the point of our little discussion, isn’t it?


50 posted on 04/12/2011 9:49:12 AM PDT by dools0007world
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