Think Progess has a few facts for the Senate to think about as they discuss Iraq over the next couple of weeks:
Bloomberg notes, "Four thousand U.S. service members have died in U.S. President George W. Bush’s ‘war on terror’ in Iraq and Afghanistan 5 1/2 years after American forces ousted the Taliban in December 2001." AP adds, "All told, Congress has appropriated $610 billion in war-related money since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror assaults, roughly the same as the war in Vietnam. Iraq alone has cost $450 billion." The wars cost approximately $12 billion a month, according to a new Congressional Research Service report.
Over 34,000 American troops have been injured with thousands permanently disabled and even though they don't register on the Republican adding machine, you can add in the hundreds of thousands dead in Iraq and Afghanistan as a result of this ghastly disaster and if that doesn't make a perfect argument for ending this debacle then I don't know what does. Get the hell out!