BBC news article on the Iraq War

Just some interesting information about the war in Iraq from an article on BBC’s news site.

The situation in Iraq is nothing like the Vietnam War, and it will not be.

The numbers are too small, for one thing: 200,000 insurgents, 150,000 US troops, a total of 1,500 incidents since the campaign of resistance began.

According to one senior American officer recently: “We can live with the kind of casualty levels we’re getting.

“It’s not the kind of thing that creates big campaigns back home.”

Even the cost to the US tax-payer – $4.7bn a month – is something the American economy can easily absorb.

It’s that last sentence that kind of scares me. 4.7bn a month. I wonder if that’s a US billion or a UK billion? Either way, it’s a big number…


  • dlill

    March 21, 2005 at 11:44 pm

    They used the dollar sign, so I expect that it is a US billion.

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      March 21, 2005 at 11:50 pm

      No, I’m not meaning the pounds vs. dollars bit. A US Billion is a different amount than a UK Billion.

      10^6 = US million = UK million
      10^9 = US billion = UK thousand million or milliard
      10^12 = US trillion = UK billion

      • dlill

        March 22, 2005 at 12:28 am

        I totally forgot about that.