Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Billions and Billions

Bush wants 80 billion more, for a war that's already cost more than 200 billion dollars. And has no end in sight.

And for what?

What was it for? He doesn't know that. What's he after? He mouths something about "freedom," and "standing against terrorists," but these are just words.

This is what he's doing with our money:


The forthcoming request highlights how much war spending has soared past initial White House estimates. Early on, then-presidential economic adviser Lawrence Lindsey placed Iraq costs at $100 billion to $200 billion, only to see his comments derided by administration colleagues.

By pushing war spending beyond $300 billion, the latest proposal would approach nearly half the $613 billion the United States spent for World War I or the $623 billion it expended for the Vietnam War, when the costs of those conflicts are translated into 2005 dollars.


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