For the price of the Iraq War, we could've bought a Tesla Roadster for everyone who graduates high school for the next five years.
The Tesla Roadster is an electric car capable of going from 0 to 60 mph in under 4 seconds and traveling 220 miles without a recharge. Its base price is $109,000. In 2008, 3.3 million high school diplomas were awarded. At this rate, 16.5 high school students will graduate over the next five years. Buying each of them a Tesla Roadster would cost $1.80 trillion, which is $1.2 trillion less than Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes' estimate of $3 trillion for the total cost of the Iraq War.