Tuesday, September 30, 2014

One Graph Shows The Rise In U.S.-Led Airstrikes In Iraq And Syria

The Rise In U.S.-Led Airstrikes In Iraq And Syria, In One Graphic -- Washington Post

As outlined a short time ago on Checkpoint, the cost of the U.S. military campaign against the Islamic State is likely closing in on $1 billion, and could rise at a cost of between $200 million and $320 million per month as it continues.

This graphic was produced by colleagues at The Washington Post with information released by U.S. Central Command and compiled in this spreadsheet I posted on Google Docs. It shows that the pace of U.S.-led airstrikes in Iraq and Syria have increased rapidly, especially since President Obama called for the first ones in Syria on Sept. 23. In the span of less than a week, there had been 51 there as of early Monday afternoon. Twenty-eight more have conducted in Iraq in that timeframe.

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My Comment: If this is not mission creep .... I do not know what is.

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