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U.S. Fires 110 Tomahawk Missiles, Each Costs $569,000. ThatâEUR(TM)s More Than 5 Years of NPR Federal Funding in Less Than An Hour.

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How Many Teachers' Salaries or Years of Funding NPR Does Launching a Tomahawk Missile Cost Us?


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Bill K (3)
Monday March 21, 2011, 6:21 am
where are our belt tightening, budget slashing conservatives when we really need them?

patricia lasek (317)
Monday March 21, 2011, 7:36 am
This makes me sick to my stomache. How much more money will we waste interferring with other peoples problems?

Patricia N (41)
Monday March 21, 2011, 2:59 pm

Mike S (86)
Monday March 21, 2011, 4:11 pm
Noted and thank you Joseph.

Rana Sinha (50)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 12:40 am
The same old justification for starting yet another war is being used in spite of two ongoing wars.

Charlie L (47)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 3:43 am
The way our government sets it's priorities is simply amazing. $569,000.....more than five years of NPR federal funding in less than an hour. It reminds me of an irresponsible parent who spends an entire paycheck getting trashed at a bar but cannot provide for his or her children for the rest of the month. NPR enriches the lives of a countless number of people. May they rock on forever. War on the other hand only enriches people like Dick Cheney, corporations such as Haliburton, Blackwater and others who stand to profit from whatever dubious reason our government comes up with for waging war. It is so sad that Obama is following so closely in George W. Bush's footsteps.

Bon L (0)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 5:31 am
Thanks for the info.

patricia lasek (317)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 6:02 am
Last night, on Jon Stewart, he suggested firing the teachers out of cannons into Lybia to solve the budget problems. I'll bet the RepublicanTs would jump at the chance to do that. After all, they seem to blame them for the deficits in a lot of states.

. (0)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 6:07 am
What a terrible waste....and for what? Noted, thanks

Sir Walk F (124)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 6:29 am
Yes, but so-called Conservatives don't mind spending Trillions on "defense", they just object to paying for roads, police, firefighters, teachers and other essential infrastructure to running a functioning society. Their goal is to defund it all until America is a third-world and they don't have to be bothered by a middle class or a mildly-organized labor force.

Sir Walk F (124)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 6:30 am
To be accurate, let's understand these missiles are already paid for. They don't get shot out of vending machines.

Morris G. (18)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 7:56 am
I am amazed that this is being blamed on "conservatives." It is even hard to blame the military. Obama's military advisors were very reluctant to involve the military in another open-ended campaign with no clear objective.
This is a Barack Obama responsibilty. Congress did not authorize this action.

Ian Donelson (149)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 8:55 am
Congress hasn't authorised a single military action since World War II. It's not Obama's fault, its ours, we let it happen for 50 plus years due to our ignorance and fear, we should have impeached Truman for starting Vietnam and Johnson for escalating it(without congress), we should have impeached Reagan for the Iran-Contra affair and the illegalities and scandal behind that obvious drug mission in direct contradiction to his war on his own people at home under the guise of the "war" on drugs. We should have impeached Bush Sr. for Panama and the Persian Gulf War, we should have impeached Bush Jr. for his wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We are the problem not the people we elect who take our apathy towards war and twist into the status quo of being the President of OUR Nation. We are the ones that allowed for our nation to be the scourge of the world and we are the people who will be responsible for any future terror.

Tuesday March 22, 2011, 12:44 pm
Libya have a population of 7 million people, smaller than most US cities. The only way for the world community to resolve an internal situation is to have the United States, France, England, NATO, Denmark, Canada, Italy, and a host of other countries to protect civilians. What ever happened to dialouge?

Why is war the only answer? The war mongers seem to have killed off all the peace makers like King, Ghandi, Lennon, Princess Di, so they (war mongers) have promote their war profiteering ways.


Robert B (60)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 12:51 pm
It's funny how the UN can act so quickly when OIL is involved yet when you have genocide in Darfur or the Congo, the UN does NOTHING.
AND it's it funny that the GOP screams bloody murder when it's asked to help fund education for the poor or school lunch programs but is willing to borrow the money for ANY military action.
The only conclusion I can draw is that the GOP is either rotten to the core or totally out of touch and grossly incompetent. Either way, they need to be removed from office. VOTE THEM OUT!

Russell L (0)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 12:55 pm
Looks like to me Obama loves war as much as any repub does. The rebubs and tea dummies should love him. Oh wait but he is black that explains it. Man I voted for him with his fluffy speeches. I didn't know he was a spineless war monger. Hey but we have all this hardware our taxes have paid for and we need to use it up so we can pay for more war hardware. This is planed obsolescence at it's best blow it up and build another with free money. Just gets better and better.

Tuesday March 22, 2011, 12:58 pm
If Obama allows three female Zionist (Clinton, Rice, Samantha Powers) to talk him into a war he deserves to be impeached.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 1:02 pm
Well spoken, all I have read here. I agree with a few opinions, disagree w others. An example of opinions that make me cringe: Most Importantly,stating that Obama is no different than Bush.... I can NEVER COMPARE Bush to Obama! How can anyone? Obama voted AGAINST going into Iraq, one of the very few who did not fall for Bush/Cheney et al deceitful lies! Obama pulled most troops OUT of IRAQ. His intelligent decisions have been based upon the facts, NOT what we dream would be the situation had Bush never sent troops into Iraq to begin with. He did send more troops to Afghanistan, as that is where the intel leads to Bin Laden. We lost so much of our tax dollar to IRAQ because of Bush's dishonest agenda, and to Afghanistan because Bush was paying to have a weak presence there that did little good.
However, the fact remains that Bin Laden has to go. Hussein and his sons had to be removed. Kim Jong Ill, so many others are causing great suffering to women, children, men, animals, while building power and glory for themselves in their pitiful imaginations, creating armies to protect their ideals for themselves in their depraved mental conditions.
Same is true for Gadhafi. He is a maniac, a murderer. All nations have agreed to put a stop to his massacre of Libyans. Unfortunately, no nations have agreed that it is lawful to hunt down a dictator/murderer, so, they bomb away at the armaments and armies, instead.
Civilians are killed each time this is done.
We must demand that NATO, UN, all nations create new laws preventing deaths to innocent lives. We must find a way to remove despots from power directly, and leave all others out of these conflicts.
Of course, once all of these wars end, the nations will be replacing their lost armaments and find secret arms dealers at their doors, selling their ware made by those who previously invaded.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 3:20 pm
The money spent on the F-15E that crashed could have paid the salary and benefits of about 563 teachers in Wisconsin for one year. Who cares? The missiles were bought and paid for, lets hope they are not replaced. But we all know they will be.

Phillip I (67)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 3:35 pm
H-E-L-L-O-O-O-O- - - -

It has nothing to do with the deficit. It is just another ploy to keep intelligent debate and information out of the hands of the thinking voters (as opposed to the brain dead cretins that listen to fox (spits on the ground)....

Just as the Shanghaiing of the labor unions in Wisconsin was primarily an attempt to destroy the somewhat left leaning union.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 4:00 pm
Thanks Joseph. The comments here are even better than the post.

Kristina J (10)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 4:20 pm
Of course the GOP loves defense spending, not only are they willing to spare no expense in defending their wealth and empire, but many of them are the ones on the receiving end of these billion dollar contracts.

That said, I think it is very important to point out the distinction between this and the 'war on terror' debacle in the Middle East. Iraq and Afghanistan were invasions by our gov't in order to gain wealth and power, which a few select people, including the then Pres and VP, benefitted tremendously from. Libya is a UN mission, where we are enforcing a no-fly zone, with zero ground presence and next to no risk of casualties (the plane crash was a mechanical malfunction, which could and does happen anywhere), where we are acting as part of a global mission. The governments who are opposed to this measure are only threatened by it because they have their own autocratic rule, and they do not want to support any popular uprising against tyranny, because they are themeselves tryants. Even the Arab League endorsed the no-fly zone (even if they seem to be contradicting themselves now). While you can argue all day long about which side is worse, Gaddafi is a proven wacko who has in fact sanctioned terrorism against us for 30 years, and the rebellion seems to have very wide popular support. It was only when he brought out the heavy artillery that the rebels started to lose momentum.

I am all for unilateral UN missions, even if they involve US money and US military commitment. Isolationism never works, just look at the failure of the League of Nations due to USA's desire to avoid involvement, WWII was the result of our ignorance and apathy.

Janet R (38)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 5:01 pm
Please make sure to bring up these facts about how expensive these missiles are and how many were wasted on Libya when the republicans and/or tea party people start screaming that we have to cut the deficit so we have to get rid of domestic programs such as Social Security, Medicare, NPR, Planned Parenthood, EPA, etc. Make sure they know that we know. Anerica doesn't have the money to be the world's policeman and if the UN is going to do it alone then it doesn't get done.

Bruce Van Tassell (7)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 6:14 pm
I believe enough bombing and missile launching has taken place any more is justifying out to get another Islamic country and drive Christian principles down their throats. Let Libya handle their own domestic problems now, and maybe they can form a rational country on their own. No more bombs, missiles or foreign troops get out now!

Bette-Ann Libin (11)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 6:39 pm
Are we surprised by this revelation? If NPR goes, so will's the only thing worth listening to on the radio these days!

Sir Walk F (124)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 7:45 pm
Wonderfully stated, Kris,J. Everyone should read and absorb your insightful, intelligent, relevant comment.

Rand Martin (27)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 7:47 pm
It seems there is never enough money to help the poor or elderly, but when it comes to killing people in foreign countries or arresting those who feel they have a constitutional right over there own bodies, There is always enough money. Things that make you go Hmmmmmmm.

Tuesday March 22, 2011, 7:57 pm
How can 800,000 thousand Rwandan's be massacred over a three month period, in the presence of United Nations peace keepers, the evacuation of Western nationals, and various evidence that a genocide was taking place?

Yet in Libya, there has not been evidence of a genocide, no evidence of children filling hospitals like in Gaza, no mass gunning down of people like in Yemen, in other words; where are all the bodies that Khaddafi is said to have killed?

With this scant evidence of mass killings, we get a so-called international agreement to invade Libya; even though the African Union voted not to be involved, the Arab league said the promised "no fly zone" was not to involve military use against Khaddafi. Russia, China, India, Turkey, and now Democrats and Republicans in both parties are questioning the constitutionality of this declared war.

The reason Obama and his administration don't care what Americans think, including the Congress, is because our governments foriegn policy is really controlled by the Zionist, and the Israeli lobby AIPAC. Dov Hikind, the government controller, a dual Israeli citizen, said that he has to make an additional one billion dollar request for the next seven days of US leadership in this military attack on Libya. He could very well have asked for the same request for Israel. I voted for a President for the American people, not a president for the Zionist!

Tuesday March 22, 2011, 8:30 pm
Dov Zakheim, not Hikind, is the former pentagon controller.

Ray M (0)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 8:43 pm
Business as usual. No surprises here.

. (0)
Wednesday March 23, 2011, 6:24 am
And just exactly what are we paying for these with........ According to congress "we're broke" I guess a missile is better than an education.......will this never end???????

Edward M (8)
Wednesday March 23, 2011, 7:37 am
But these "good ole boys" are just having fun.
Isn't it time to take these toys off them once and for all, otherwise it makes a mockery of any talk of a recession in America.

Anne P (174)
Wednesday March 23, 2011, 8:39 pm
Gotta keep feeding that war machine!

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 24, 2011, 6:44 pm
"THE PENDULUM SWINGS" and it will go it's cycle and then it will go the other way......only with all the bridge burning that has gone down.....the sheer numbers are going to be astonishing, considering the education levels and the clever little quirky events that we have all witnessed......We're talking GOOD GUYS & GALS....VS "the dark side" (note small case).......a whole new kind of history book is going to happen in this world and it won't be anything like the previous Empires that were taken down, either.

Jae A (316)
Thursday March 24, 2011, 7:16 pm
The Neocon Fascist military machine has been making billions off these bombs since their conception. Millions of them stock piled ..more than enough than to destroy the entire planet and much of the universe...yet they keep making more to sell to the tax payers in the name of fear and national security. This type of spending is what needs to be haulted without a doubt.

Dotti L (85)
Thursday March 24, 2011, 7:31 pm
Noted. Read the article. Agree with Mary D. The comments are as good as the article.

Craig Zimmerman (86)
Thursday March 24, 2011, 7:49 pm
Those cruise missles saved thousands of innocent Libyans. I would say that's a bargain.

Ingrid A (524)
Thursday March 24, 2011, 9:53 pm
Thanks for the article Lisa.

Past Member (0)
Friday March 25, 2011, 7:37 pm

Stelizan L (258)
Saturday March 26, 2011, 4:59 pm
Yeah - business 'as usual' the US of A way.
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