Although al-Abadi and other Iraqi and U.S. officials haven’t attached a dollar sign to the lost weaponry and vehicles, a back-of-the-envelope calculation of those losses might look something like this: …
According to Reuters, the U.S.-made weaponry that fell into enemy hands including:
2,300 Humvee armored vehicles @ $70,000 per copy. Total: $161 million
40 M1A1 Abram tanks @ $4.3 million per copy. Total: $172 million
52 M198 Howitzer mobile gun systems @ $527,337 per copy. Total: $27.4 million
74,000 Army machine guns @ $4,000 per copy. Total: $296 million
The grand total comes to $656.4 million, but experts say those losses represent just a portion of the many hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of U.S.-supplied military equipment that has fallen into ISIS’s hands and is being used against the U.S. and allied forces on the ground in Iraq and neighboring Syria.
As total f’ups of leaders of the ‘free’ world i don’t think it’s possible to beat the current leadership of the USA. Blaming Bush isn’t viable, sooner or later that region would have exploded anyway. The problem with the current leadership (or lack thereof) is that they are incapable to understand the enormous chasm between the civilized world and the law of the jungle in those regions. The major misunderstanding is that whilst the West will try to find a peaceful way out of conflict, the other party sees that as a sign of weakness and an incentive to push even harder