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U.S. Role in Libya Already Costs Hundreds of Millions (With no money to pay for it)
Fox News ^ | 3/23/2011 | fox news

Posted on 03/23/2011 3:43:10 AM PDT by tobyhill

The cost of the American and European assault on Libya already easily tops hundreds of millions of dollars, and has the potential to rise significantly if the operation drags on for weeks or months.

Coalition efforts to undermine Muammar al-Qaddafi’s air defenses and save the rebels from defeat have lasted for four nights already. If the U.S. role continues to be limited, with the Pentagon using its existing budget to cover the expense, the price tag on involvement will only rise moderately.

As of Tuesday, a U.S. defense official told Fox News the U.S. has fired 161 Tomahawk cruise missiles into Libyan territory, with 24 missiles being fired overnight Monday into Tuesday. Each missile is priced at $1 million to $1.5 million apiece and dispatched B-2 stealth bombers -- round-trip from Missouri -- to drop 2,000-pound bombs on Libyan sites.

That’s a total flying time of 25 hours, with the operating cost for one hour priced at least $10,000.

Yet those numbers only provide part of the costs. The B-2 bombers require expensive fuel -- and rely on air tankers to refuel in flight -- and probably needed parts replaced upon their return to Whiteman Air Force Base. The pilots most certainly will get combat pay.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Extended News; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: budget; libya; noflyzone; obama

1 posted on 03/23/2011 3:43:13 AM PDT by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill

UN funding it?


2 posted on 03/23/2011 3:51:13 AM PDT by 4rcane
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To: tobyhill

Berlusconi / Eni S.p.A.


3 posted on 03/23/2011 3:53:41 AM PDT by PieterCasparzen (Huguenot)
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To: 4rcane

The UN doesn’t anything, they just expect US to borrow more from China.


4 posted on 03/23/2011 3:56:59 AM PDT by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill
...as predicted,it has turned in to one gigantic DUMBO cluster ****
5 posted on 03/23/2011 4:04:36 AM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: 4rcane

If the rebels win, we should bill their gov’t.


6 posted on 03/23/2011 4:05:41 AM PDT by newzjunkey (Obama: nobel peace prize winner, warmonger, golfer.)
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To: tobyhill

Once again I’m reminded of an old “I Love Lucy” bit.

LUCY: About a year and a half ago Ricky wanted to go over my household account, and I was 10 dollars short.
ETHEL: So?
LUCY: Well, I borrowed 10 dollars from the club treasury so that my household account would balance.
ETHEL: Well, 10 dollars, my goodness.
LUCY: Well, you don’t understand. Ethel. That was only the beginning. From then on, I borrowed from the household account so that the treasury account would balance and then I borrowed from the treasury so the household account would balance and on and on and back and forth like a tennis game, and somewhere along the line, I lost the ball.
ETHEL: What do you mean?
LUCY: Now there’s no money in either account.


7 posted on 03/23/2011 4:06:10 AM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: tobyhill

As opposed to the rest of our military adventures that are fully funded?


8 posted on 03/23/2011 4:06:40 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: tobyhill

That may very well be BO’s/BS’s motivation. Spending beyond our means coincides with him implementing the Cloward-Piven strategy.


9 posted on 03/23/2011 4:13:21 AM PDT by Defend Liberty
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To: tobyhill

“Every six hours we have another billion-dollar deficit,” said Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md., a member of the House Armed Services Committee. “This could cost us a billion dollars there, which means simply another billion-dollar debt that our kids, our grandkids and our great-grandkids are going to have to pay back.”

The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, in an analysis this month, estimated that the Libyan no-fly zone could cost $100 million to $300 million per week.

In a classified briefing for congressional staff Tuesday, officials from the State Department, Pentagon and Treasury were pressed on the cost. They declined to address the issue.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, called for Congress to de-fund military operations in Libya, which he estimated costs between $30 million and $100 million a week.

“While the administration assures us that that the U.S. will hand off its lead role to coalition partners within days, we have not been notified of long-term plans or goals following initial air strikes in the country,” Kucinich wrote in a letter to colleagues. “The timeline the president gave to Congress was summarized with one word: ‘limited.’”


10 posted on 03/23/2011 4:15:44 AM PDT by quesney
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To: quesney

Clueless
Bumbling
Huh?
Unknown
Scrambled
Empty
Discombobulated
Confused
Conflicted
Empty
Vague

nobama foreign policy???? let me count the ways...


11 posted on 03/23/2011 4:22:01 AM PDT by hal ogen (1st amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: tobyhill

This Administration has overextended our military.
Barack Obama


12 posted on 03/23/2011 4:33:16 AM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Left FR in 2011, and I ain't comin' back! :P)
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To: tobyhill

I don’t oppose all wars. What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war.—Barack Obama


13 posted on 03/23/2011 4:37:22 AM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Left FR in 2011, and I ain't comin' back! :P)
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To: tobyhill

Can’t they divert funds from southern border protection temporarily to pay for it?


14 posted on 03/23/2011 4:39:20 AM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: tobyhill
U.S. Role in Libya Already Costs Hundreds of Millions (With no money to pay for it)

The U.S. role in Iraq and Afghanistan cost hundreds of billions of dollars (with no money to pay for it). If one chooses the military option for any reason then money had better not be an object.

15 posted on 03/23/2011 4:43:20 AM PDT by K-Stater
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To: tobyhill

We are dead financially... we are insolvent... someone turn out the lights.

LLS


16 posted on 03/23/2011 4:45:05 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!!!)
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To: tobyhill

And that’s on top of whatever we are currently spending on Iraq and Afghanistan, the other two prongs of our Middle East misadventures.


17 posted on 03/23/2011 4:46:38 AM PDT by Huck (Fools make feasts and wise men eat them - Poor Richard)
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To: 4rcane

>> UN funding it?

Of course not!

But no worries... Obama will sell our nuclear arsenal to his new friends in South America to pay for it.


18 posted on 03/23/2011 4:47:27 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: Huck

Why not sell an aircraft carrier to China?
This will give us the money for bombing libya for another month.


19 posted on 03/23/2011 4:53:55 AM PDT by darkside321
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To: darkside321

Better still, just leave it to the Europeans.


20 posted on 03/23/2011 4:57:20 AM PDT by Huck (Fools make feasts and wise men eat them - Poor Richard)
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To: darkside321

Why sell the Chicoms some of our Military equipment? There are plenty of strategic minerals on Federal lands we could sell first.


21 posted on 03/23/2011 4:58:25 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: Huck

Well at least this would end this disaster pretty soon.
(There is a report that britain is allready running out of missiles).


22 posted on 03/23/2011 5:05:32 AM PDT by darkside321
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To: tobyhill
This article is nothing but Obama-bashing, and it's unpatriotic!

Last time I looked, there were still checks in the national checkbook, so we can afford it... :-)

23 posted on 03/23/2011 5:05:32 AM PDT by an amused spectator (Islamic law upholds that children born to a Muslim father are automatically Muslim)
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To: tobyhill

The cost of this operation is chump change compared to what it will cost to rebuild Libya if the US gets sucked deeper into this “No-Fly” operation. France and the UK aren’t going to pony up the $40 Billion to put Libya back together again. Even if the US manages to extricate itself from this ill conceived and executed UN sponsored mess, after it’s over and if Quadafi is gone, the Arab League is going to try and shame the US into paying for the rebuilding in Libya. The US always gets stuck with the tab.


24 posted on 03/23/2011 5:06:38 AM PDT by Harley (Will Rogers never met Harry Reid.)
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To: tobyhill

And what are we getting out of this?


25 posted on 03/23/2011 5:08:57 AM PDT by RWB Patriot ("My ability is a value that must be purchased and I don't recognize anyone's need as a claim on me.")
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To: RWB Patriot

And what are we getting out of this?


The usuall.
More hate from the muslim world (of course after we have finished their work) and a bill to pay for everything we have destroyed there.


26 posted on 03/23/2011 5:13:43 AM PDT by darkside321
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To: RWB Patriot
And what are we getting out of this?

Animosity from just about the whole world.

27 posted on 03/23/2011 5:15:51 AM PDT by paulycy (Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: darkside321

Seems like every president has to blow stuff up at least once. It’s in the DNA of anyone with an ego that big. They just gotta wag their dick around.


28 posted on 03/23/2011 5:21:53 AM PDT by Huck (Fools make feasts and wise men eat them - Poor Richard)
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To: tobyhill
As far as using the B-2 Bombers for anything, the target has to be of at least the same or greater value as the B-2 Bomber before even considering flying it outside of the US. Unless they wiped out the Gadadfly’s entire military arsenal, it wasn't worth the risk of getting downed by one lucky shot. The F-15 wasn't worth what was destroyed.
29 posted on 03/23/2011 5:23:11 AM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: tobyhill
We've been feeding our income statement by bleeding our balance sheet. Our balance sheet has been puffed up with a "goodwill" account, which is rapidly deflating.


30 posted on 03/23/2011 5:26:56 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: tobyhill
Ain't no big deal. The Won's got plenty of cash, hot off the presses!


31 posted on 03/23/2011 5:43:39 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: K-Stater

The problem with this one is, we have absolutely no vested interest in Libya. This was merely their civil war and no reason to put any of our borrowed money in it. Maybe or maybe not there is a case for or against Iraq and Afghanistan spending but in this case I can’t think of anyone that has been able to rationalize any spending for this affair.


32 posted on 03/23/2011 6:46:55 AM PDT by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill
Agreed. This military action makes no sense whatsoever. Who are we defending/protecting? Al Quiada? Who are these “rebels” and what, pray tell, do they want? Obama is insane and our country is broke.
33 posted on 03/23/2011 7:23:12 AM PDT by April Lexington (Study the Constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: tobyhill

Change. Hope they’re happy. Fundamental transformation well under way.


34 posted on 03/23/2011 3:36:26 PM PDT by floriduh voter (People who don't pray: start.. People who pray: pray more.)
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To: newzjunkey

If Al Quaeda wins, sure, let’s pay them money we don’t have.


35 posted on 03/23/2011 3:37:14 PM PDT by floriduh voter (People who don't pray: start.. People who pray: pray more.)
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To: an amused spectator

You jest about the national checkbook?


36 posted on 03/23/2011 3:39:33 PM PDT by floriduh voter (People who don't pray: start.. People who pray: pray more.)
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To: floriduh voter

Yes. What else can you do when the jesters are “running” the government?


37 posted on 03/24/2011 7:52:33 AM PDT by an amused spectator (Islamic law upholds that children born to a Muslim father are automatically Muslim)
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