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We Have No Idea How Much It Will Cost to Do Whatever We're Doing to ISIS in Syria Right Now

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Official portrait of White House Secretary Josh Earnest

Today, before military strikes began on Syria, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest was asked how much the administration was expecting military operations against ISIS were going to cost. They have no idea. Not even an estimate. From The Hill:

"I don't have an estimate on that," Earnest said. "I know that we're interested in having an open dialogue with Congress to ensure that our military has the resources necessary to carry out the mission that the president has laid out."

So far, the administration has relied on the Overseas Contingency Operations budget to pay for operations against the terrorist group. The White House had previously requested a cut in that pool — from $85 billion to $58.6 billion — for the next fiscal year, but lawmakers decided instead to keep funding at current levels in the temporary budget measure passed last week.

The White House also indicated it would seek funding for the effort against ISIS from international partners. So far, more than 40 countries have said they would support a coalition effort against the terror network.

As we've all experienced, "having an open dialogue with Congress" means the administration will complain bitterly about even the slightest effort to restrain whatever it wants to do.

As a possible benchmark, a Pentagon spokesperson says current military operations in Iraq—air strikes, security, and surveillance flights—cost about $7.5 million per day, according to The Hill.

Update: A reminder from the ISIS debate last week. Congress authorized $500 million to train 5,000 Syrian rebels over the next year.

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  1. Man future generations of American tax payers sure are retarded for agreeing to pay for this bullshit.

    1. What do you expect from spermatozoa,ova,zygotes and, worst of all, those damn layabout millenials?

    2. They signed the social contract. Same as everyone else.

    3. I know that when I go out to eat I am always happy to pay the bill for the people that just left the table I get seated at in addition to my own.

  2. Honestly, it isn’t just the money.

    This bombing campaign might as well be directed by Iran.

    Are we doing Iran’s dirty work in Syria?

    1. Yes. We’ve always been allied with Iran against the radical Sunni Menace.

      1. Bush Sr. didn’t topple Saddam Hussein specifically because it would have benefited Iran.

        Iran is pumping arms, money, Hezbollah, and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard into Syria–because they see keeping Assad in power as crucial to their own security…

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I….._Civil_War

        And we’re bombing Iran’s enemies in Syria?!

        That’s why our Arab “allies” are reluctant to help us in this fight. It isn’t about their love for ISIS. It’s because they don’t understand why they should fight Iran’s battles for Iran.

        I don’t understand why we’re fighting Iran’s battles for them–in Syria–either. It’s a stupid thing to do.

        1. “That’s why our Arab “allies” are reluctant to help us in this fight. It isn’t about their love for ISIS. It’s because they don’t understand why they should fight Iran’s battles for Iran.”

          And yet Saudi and Iran appear to be warming up to each other. According to press reports.

          Iran has also invited the Chinese to help them practice sinking US navy ships off their coast.

  3. Update: A reminder from the ISIS debate last week. Congress authorized $500 million to train 5,000 Syrian rebels over the next year.

    You could give each of them a four-year education at a state university for half that.

    1. Sure, Hugh, but that doesn’t make Obama and his staff feel like Tuff Gais who are Super Important.

      1. Why can’t Obama choke out his warboner on pro football and online FPS games like a normal person?

        1. Obama wants to kill people for real, it’s the only way he gets off. Simulations just don’t cut it.

          1. Sort of like how Riker isn’t content to have sex with compliant holodeck floozies like everyone else does?

            1. Exactly, Hugh. Your ability to find the perfect analogy continues to amaze, much like Wesley’s continued survival amazed.

              1. Wesley was a smart fish. He got himself a big bull for protection everywhere he went.

                When he was on the Enterprise it was the Traveller. At the academy it was Nick Locarno.

                Nick was a lot rougher, but at least he didn’t whisper in Wesley’s ear while he was doing it.

          2. “Like every serial killer already knew: eventually fantasizing just doesn’t do it for you …”

        2. I wasn’t expecting much from Obama, but damn, he’s just dumb.

          1. Vulgar Madman|9.22.14 @ 11:11PM|#
            “I wasn’t expecting much from Obama, but damn, he’s just dumb.”

            Yep. Low expectations don’t really cover dumb.

    2. “You could give each of them a four-year education at a state university for half that.”

      But they’d prolly major in puppeteering, so we’d end up paying them welfare forever.

      1. A few might end up Chemical and Aerospace Engineers – then they could make their own missiles and bombs… maybe not that great an idea.

  4. Nothing classier than bombing people with a Nobel Peace Prize around your neck.

  5. I thought Pelosi said the cupboard was bare.

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    1. Hey… Let your neighbors mother pay for this “not a war” war.

    2. You should become a rebel in Syria, the US government will pay you more.

  7. Even if they claimed that they did know what it would cost, they’d almost certainly be wrong, and underestimating by at least a factor of ten.

  8. As we’ve all experienced, “having an open dialogue with Congress” means the administration will complain bitterly about even the slightest effort to restrain whatever it wants to do.

    Well, duh, he won. That means Congress has to do whatever he wants. To do otherwise is TEH RACIST. At least that’s what it says in the copy of the Constitution the administration uses. It’s right after the Fuck You, That’s Why clause.

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  10. The more I pay attention to our foreign policy the more I support Kentucky Bourbon.

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