Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Strange stat

We all know the cost of the war in Iraq is high. Whether you're for it, or against it, the cost in "treasure and blood" has been a lot. I just heard this stat, and it made my jaw drop.

In one day, the US spends $720 million in Iraq. That's enough to give 420,000 kids free health care for that day.

There are some things wrong with this stat. Does it mean that all 420,000 would see a doctor that day? Does it assume some people won't get sick? It's a vague stat, just like the money spent in one day in Iraq is a vague number. Like for instance, $500,000 a minute. What does that even mean? A million in two minutes? The numbers are so staggeringly high, that they lack perspective.

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