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acmejack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 05:26 AM
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A 500 bomb costs $268.50
Edited on Thu Aug-03-06 05:27 AM by acmejack
It is really cheap to blow people to smithereens!

This is 2000 data from FAS, the site has been cleaned up all this type of information is gone! The same page is still there but some lines of onformation are missing.

http://www.trackpads.com/factsheets/showproduct.php/pro...

http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/dumb/mk82.htm
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HysteryDiagnosis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 05:29 AM
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1. Could you put that into
"Insurgent/Terrorist, Lebanese Children, Civilian/Casualty terms for me?? Is that about 5$ a pound of flesh destroyed? I'd really like to know.
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Xipe Totec Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 05:33 AM
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2. That's just the ordnance
neglecting the cost of the laser guided flight system which, lowballing, I estimate is two orders of magnitude more expensive.


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neoblues Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 05:47 AM
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3. Uh, okay, I'll take two... nt.
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Kolesar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 06:21 AM
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4. That does not count the "externalized costs"
Energy, extraction of resources, inflationary effects, and the attendant costs of medical care and property damage.
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Sherman A1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 06:40 AM
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5. Let us not forget
the delivery costs. First from the US to Israel (in an unarmed state) then from Israel to it's final destination. Fuel, labor, etc, etc
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theHandpuppet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 07:00 AM
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6. America: The shopping mall of aerial death and destruction
Edited on Thu Aug-03-06 07:01 AM by theHandpuppet
Hey, war is expensive so you know IT'S GOOD FOR BUSINESS!

Now these babies are the ones we FedEx'd to Israel:
Guided Bomb Unit-28 (GBU-28)
http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/munition... (Production cost figures are included in the article)

Also see: http://www.reachingcriticalwill.org/corporate/dd/afghan...
GBU-28 Bunker-buster (21)
The Guided Bomb Unit-28 (GBU-28), often known as a "bunker buster," was developed during the 1991 Gulf War for penetrating fortified Iraqi command centers deep underground. Carried by B-2 stealth bombers and F-15 fighters, the GBU-28 is a 5,000lb laser-guided, conventionally armed bomb fitted with a 4,400lb penetrating warhead. While only two were used in Iraq, it seems the weapons are being used with more frequency in Afghanistan.
Contractor: Lockheed Martin
Unit cost: $145,600

Cost of other bombs, every style for every taste:

GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Small_Diameter_Bomb

A virtual aerial shopping mall of death:
http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/bombs_smart/index.p...
and http://www.reachingcriticalwill.org/corporate/dd/afghan...

Global Giving -- It Feels So Good! (From 2004)
From:http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=2063

(Please read the whole article!)

(excerpt)
When it comes to the Pentagon, generosity is an eternal byword and Christmas giving an all-year-round activity -- as well as something even those who don't celebrate the holiday can still cash in on. Take Israel. As it happens, the Sharonistas evidently jumped the gun and wrote their first letter to Santa as spring was ending. On June 1, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency "notified Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Israel of Joint Direct Attack Munitions as well as associated equipment and services." With a total value that could reach as high as $319 million, its unclear exactly who will receive the bigger gift -- Israel or the jolly elves slated to fulfill the order: the McDonnell Douglas Corporation (a subsidiary of Boeing); Alliant Techsystems; Lockheed-Martin; Northrop Grumman; and the Honeywell Corporation.

In addition to "smart" weapons technologies and fuse components, the Israeli request included such spirit-of-the-season gifts as:

2,500 MK-84 live bombs -- a general purpose 2000 lb. bomb
1,500 MK-82 live bombs -- a 500 lb. general purpose blast/fragmentation bomb
500 BLU-109 live bombs -- a 2000 lb. penetrator and blast/fragmentation bomb
500 MK-83 live bombs -- a general purpose 1000 lb. bomb

In this seasonal spirit Israel has been far from alone. The American military-corporate complex has gotten a flood of letters from all the good little nations of the world. While Johnny may want Kuma War and Sally, Army Monopoly, the government of Canada asked to be allowed to buy "2,000 Radio Frequency (RF) TOW-2A and 600 RF TOW-2B Anti-Armor Guided Missiles, 400 RF Bunker Buster Missiles" from Raytheon. Turkey requested a modest 225 AIM-9X SIDEWINDER Missiles (also from Raytheon); while Brazil asked Uncle Sam to bless its request to Sikorsky Aircraft and General Electric for 10 UH-60L BLACK HAWK helicopters, along with 22 7.62mm M134 Mini guns and other accoutrements, for an estimated $250 million.... MORE

The Spirit of Giving, American-Style

Oh, the war in Iraq is frightful,
But for Lockheed and pals it's delightful,
Since the Pentagon continues to pay,
Let 'em stay, let 'em stay, let 'em stay.

Insurgents show no signs of stopping,
Americans can't stop AK's from popping,
Since it keeps Boeing's prices high,
occupy, occupy, occupy.

When there's a bombing or firefight,
It means moo-lah galore for GE,
And ev'ry IED laid at night,
means they're buyin' a brand new Humvee

As long as some Black Hawks keep crashin',
The Complex can really cash in,
More war equals much more dough,
Let's not go, never go, let's not go.

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kurth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 07:08 AM
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7. It's not a "mall of death" - it's a mall of FREEDOM
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 03:02 PM
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11. A single F-15 can carry more destructive force than all 100 Katyusha
... rockets fired in a single day. We're talking about orders of magnitude of disproportional force being deployed.
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lectrobyte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 07:21 AM
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8. Yeah, but you can pick up used equipment rather cheap.
Edited on Thu Aug-03-06 07:21 AM by lectrobyte
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Decommissioned-Navy-Sea-Harrier-J...

You are bidding on a decommissioned Royal Navy Sea Harrier which saw active service in the Falklands 1982.

The BAE Systems Sea Harrier is a naval jet fighter, reconnaissance and attack aircraft, a development of the Hawker Siddeley Harrier. It first entered service with the Royal Navy in April 1980.

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jmowreader Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 02:50 PM
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10. You don't get any of the fun stuff with this one
Fun stuff meaning engines, radios, instruments, a gun, bomb racks...you're getting a Harrier statue.
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theHandpuppet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 09:58 AM
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9. Kicking
If for nothing else than for the tally of the cost of war.
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