The Cost of War

As of this writing, 4,125 of our nation’s bravest Americans have given their lives in Iraq defending my freedoms and keeping me and my family safe. We stand with their grieving families whose tragic losses must seem unbearable and overwhelming. We mourn their loss. We honor their sacrifice.

Every death is a tragedy.

We mourn the losses of 450,000 of our fighting Americans who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the Second World War – and we honor the memories of the 55,000 names inscribed on “The Wall” in Washington, D.C.

War is hell. War is horrific.

Since the start of the war, our nation’s highways have claimed 236,000 lives. To the families of those victims, their loss is just as tragic, just as painful, and just as unbearable.

Every death is a tragedy.

The price tag of the Iraq war to date is roughly $600 Billion. The $300 Billion bailout package sailing through Congress as we speak is equal to half the five-year cost of funding the Iraq war. This year alone, our nation will pay about $700 Billion to foreign oil exporters – many of whom are nations not particularly friendly to the United States, and some of whom (to put it bluntly) hate our guts.

Let’s not let our congressional war opponents get away with forcing a surrender in Iraq by exploiting the tragic deaths of our fallen heroes or by whining about the dollar cost when they themselves are squandering hundreds of billions of dollars like it was pocket change.

Let’s honor those who died doing what they were sent to do by the very politicians who are now turning their deaths into a political hammer to win votes at the next election. Let’s not let Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid get away with dishonoring them by telling them they aren’t good enough to defeat the enemy.

The best way we can honor our fallen warriors is to let their battlefield brothers and sisters finish the mission they so unselfishly and so courageously gave their lives to complete.

War is hell. Freedom is not free.