US Costs in Libya Hit 'Hundreds of Millions' Quickly
Those Tomahawks are at least $1 million apiece
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 24, 2011 2:55 PM CDT
The USS Stout launches a Tomahawk missile in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn March 19, 2011.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – So how much does the Libya intervention cost? The AP tries to nail down some specifics:

  • The US fired about 160 Tomahawk missiles, and those cost somewhere between $1 million and $1.5 million apiece.
  • B-2 bombers flying round-trip from Missouri have logged 25 hours of flying time, with the operating cost for one hour at $10,000.
  • The F-15 fighter jet that crashed cost at least $75 million.

We're "easily" in the hundreds-of-millions range right off the bat, writes Donna Cassata, and that's not factoring in the cost of keeping 11 ships in the Mediterranean, combat pay for troops, spare parts, fuel, etc. She puts the total cost at "upward of $1 billion." Click to read how the same nations shelling Gadhafi were selling him weapons not too long ago.

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Riffran
Mar 26, 2011 9:57 AM CDT
So dims where is all The hue and cry about another unfunded war?????
yoeydude
Mar 25, 2011 5:39 AM CDT
dam i jus read this thread an all i could think of was a preschool gang fight in the sandbox ,.. with fistfuls of cat shit flying to and fro .... does ANYONE have even a lil clue as to the big picture ? you do know that parallel worlds exist ,..... as in the decisions of realist elites and the bedtime stories they must tell you , right ? ,... c'mon your all peasants but ,... you ALL aint that gullible are you ? ,... well this aint FPR or anything so ,... well maybe ,... look , we have a bootprint on every major energy resource on the globe , or the path it must take to get to market ,... that is not by accident, .... we are in a game of diminishing global resources and the hardball is just getting started ,.... man , this is called , " Last Man Standing " ,... and extends for generations ,.... its the game we were born into my friends
Ucantusethatname
Mar 24, 2011 6:53 PM CDT
Would someone please tell Barry the problem for Americans is JOBS, UNEMPLOYMENT, and DEFICITS! It is not bombing another Muslim country--without the authorization of Congress, a country that poses no threat to the United States. Jobs, Barry, jobs. You and your left-wing Democrats just don't get it.