The Cost of Sending 40,000 More Soldiers to Iraq.

After a lot of thinking, and the recommendation of a bipartisan panel, President Bush has apparently just about decided to put another 40,000 soldiers into Iraq. Whether you agree or disagree with this move, you realize this will be a frightenly expensive proposition.

According to this (somewhat dated) article from the Wall Street Journal:

Monthly expenditures are running at $5.9 billion; the U.S. commitment in Afghanistan adds roughly another $1 billion. Taken together, annual spending for the two wars will reach $117.6 billion for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30 -- 18% above funding for the prior 12 months.

According to, we currently have 152,000 troops deployed in Iraq. Using an obviously simple analysis:

$117.6B - $12B (Afghanistan) = $105.6B

$105.6B / 152,000 = $694,736.84 per soldier per year.

40,000 soldiers x $694,736.84 = $27.8B more money spent on the war.

$27.8B / 300MM Americans = $92.63 per year for every man woman and child in the US.

It seems like an awful lot more money to spend on such an unpopular war, especially given the fact that it might not even work out. When you consider that the population of Iraq is only 26,074,906 people, by adding 40,000 soldiers, we will be spending an additional $1,066 per person to provide them with security for a year or $5,116 total. GDP per capita is only $1,800. So we will be spending roughly 3 times as much as the entire Iraqi GDP to provide security, which clearly isn't very secure.

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that this is completely unacceptable.