Now that the United States has increased its aid for victims of the recent floods in Pakistan to $150 million, that grand total is just about exactly as much as the Pentagon spends every two hours, 24 hours every day, 365 days per year.
For the 2010 fiscal year, the president’s base budget of the Department of Defense rose to $533.8 billion. Adding spending on “overseas contingency operations” brings the sum to $663.8 billion.
Divided by 365, that’s about $1.8 billion per day, or $75 million per hour.
And 120 minutes of that enormous and never-ending flood of money is all we can afford for the millions of victims of one of the greatest natural disasters in modern history.