The Beast "45" Attacks ISIS with a Big Bang at a Cost of $450K per...

War is a business of accounting: “blood and treasure” calculations underpin warfare in terms of hard cash damage to economies and societies. 

At a minimum cost of $16 million each the MOAB bomb used in the latest attack on ISIS in Afghanistan yielded 36 dead at a cost of over $450,000 per body bag.  MOAB attack on Isis was a baffling choice in cold-blooded terms of ....

The previous missile attack on the airbase in Syria, was also a fiduciary blunder, squandering somewhere between $30 million and $100 million to shut down the operation for one day. But this macho BS is just a drop in the bucket in the cost of our War on Terror over the past 16 years:  $ 4.79 Trillion and Counting,  not to mention the US KIA and Wounded.

WTF?

Update: Revised body count is now 94 at a bit more than $160,000 per.

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Comment by Birdinhand on April 14, 2017 at 8:58am

I guess you could always buy stock in the arsenal like POTUS.

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on April 14, 2017 at 9:26am

I personally even question the "36 dead" number.  How do they know when the blew up a tunnel complex?  The damn thing could have been empty for all the proof they have, ala the totally bullshit bomb damage assessments of Vietnam and Desert Storm.

Comment by nanatehay on April 14, 2017 at 10:09am

Why you so worried about BDA, Amy? The Pentagon says MOAB is as much of a psychological weapon as anything else, so if it helps Trumpler believe everyone thinks he's got a functional weenus maybe his Tweets will be less negative for a while. 

Comment by JMac1949 Today on April 14, 2017 at 10:56am

BiH, Amy & nana, Thanks for reading and commenting.

Comment by koshersalaami on April 14, 2017 at 11:31am

Neither of these strikes was about military impact. Both were political statements saying We will come after you. Tomahawks aren't made any more. The Russians could have shot them down. 

Comment by JMac1949 Today on April 14, 2017 at 11:41am

Kosh, one would think that our losses in the Vietnam War would have clearly demonstrated that there is no military solution to political problems.  Our entire effort in the War on Terror has done little or nothing to end terrorist attacks anywhere in the world.

Comment by JMac1949 Today on April 14, 2017 at 12:08pm

FM, as much as I'd like to think that the USAF command structure were more responsible,I fear you may be right:

Comment by Boanerges on April 14, 2017 at 12:28pm

You know, I grew up in the shadow of a mushroom cloud (as Freddie Mercury put it) and wasn't nearly as concerned as I am with that I-do-too-have-a-big-weinie in charge of the nuclear arsenal. He is just stupid enough to start WWIII (and blame it on Obama, of course).

Anyway, where's Tom Lehrer when you need him?

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on April 14, 2017 at 12:28pm

Tomahawks aren't made any more.

That is the second time you said that, KS, and you are totally wrong.  FFS, Trump has money invest in Raytheon who makes the damn things.

Tomahawk
Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile -crop.jpg
A BGM-109 Tomahawk flying in November 2002
Type Long-range, all-weather, subsoniccruise missile
Place of origin United States
Service history
In service 1983–present
Used by United States Navy
Royal Navy
Production history
Manufacturer General Dynamics (initially)
Raytheon
Unit cost $1.87M(FY2017)[1] (Block IV)
Comment by Rosigami on April 14, 2017 at 12:37pm

It seems that the ideology that drives the current "administration" includes such things as: How can he distract us from whatever the latest debacle is? What toy can he play with next? Where is he invested? Who was he talking to last? and Who sez he gots a little weenie?

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