We all know the Iraq War (or occupation, if you wish) is very expensive. But there are so many zeros involved, the numbers usually seem rather abstract. It's like when you're deeply in debt; does it really matter if you're $29,000 or $31,500 in debt? What's another $1,500 now, right? It can be very easy to stick your head in the sand.
If you're lucky enough to claw your way out of debt, you start to realize that it did matter. The head-in-the-sand attitude can lead you from manageable debt, to big debt, to huge debt, to smothering debt. You can see that when you start to whittle your debt from five figures to four, to three and then to zero. You see that it did matter. That extra $1,500 may have helped your debt balloon by thousands more by the time it's paid off.
But if you've never been through that process, or if you're on the deep end of debt, such a thing might be hard to see. This video crystalizes just what those dollars spent in Iraq mean. It shows where that money could have gone. For all the "entitlement programs" that conservatives rail against, all of the "government handouts" they warn us that Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama will "burden" us with--virtually all of those things could have been bought and paid for by now with the money we've spent in Iraq.
Hat tip to The Other Half's brother, Phil, for the link.