THE BLOG
11/06/2006 02:38 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Law-Enforcement Efficiency, 1999-2006: A Comparative Study

Date: February 12, 1999
Defendant: President William Jefferson Clinton
Charge: Lying about a blow job
Cost to the US taxpayer: $52 million
Outcome: Impeached and found not guilty

Date: November 5, 2006
Defendant: Ex-President Saddam Hussein
Charge: Crimes against humanity
Cost to the US taxpayer: $437 billion so far, up to $2 trillion projected
Incidental costs: 2,833 US servicemen and women killed, 21,077 wounded; estimated 655,000 Iraqi civilian deaths
Outcome: Tried and found guilty

Conclusion: You get what you pay for

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