For the cost of one day in Iraq, we could pay the annual salaries of all 3 branches of the United States government - Executive, Legislative, and Judicial - FOR 3 FULL YEARS.
The combined total for the annual salaries of The President, Vice President, 15 cabinet Secretaries, 100 Senators, 435 Representatives, and all 9 Supreme Court Justices comes out to $96,058,600.
(Based on the annual salaries for those positions)
That means for the cost of one day in Iraq, those salaries could be paid for just over 3 and a half years. In fact, you could also cover the annual salaries for all 50 State Governors ($6,219,900) for 3 years as well, and the total would only come to $306,835,500, which is still only approximately 92% of the cost of one day in Iraq.
And some people say Government is expensive...
Sources: Stateline, About, Infoplease