USA: Iraq war costs much more than expected

Bush between Iraq war and US economy, cartoonAssociated Press reports:

WASHINGTON – The war in Iraq has cost almost $300 billion so far and would total almost a half-trillion dollars even if all U.S. troops were withdrawn by the end of 2009, according to a Congressional Budget Office analysis released Thursday.

Dutch site reminds us:

Lawrence Lindsey, former economic adviser to the White House, had originally estimated costs between 100 and 200 billion dollars.

Other government officials thought his cost estimate was too high, and Lindsey lost his job.

2 thoughts on “USA: Iraq war costs much more than expected

  1. @ Eric Straatsma: Casualties of Iraq War Actually Total Over 100,000,
    Lying About True Numbers

    In previous wars, US casualties were counted as both dead and injured,
    mentally ill due to war, physically ill due to war causes and those
    missing in action.This was true counting of casualties of war. Casualty
    figures included all those that left the field of battle other than
    those rotating out.

    Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a casualty as “a military person lost
    through death, wounds, injury, sickness, internment or capture or
    through being missing in action.” This is the official definition of
    casualties, but these casualties are not included in the Pentagon’s
    casualty reports. That’s odd. Why are casualties no longer being
    counted, except for a small slice of the total number of US dead, which
    is just those killed in direct hostile action? Those killed in accidents
    are not counted as injuries or dead. Why not?

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  2. GOP Plunder in Iraq for Fun
    Posted by: “bigraccoon” redwoodsaurus
    Date: Sun Jul 30, 2006 7:39 am (PDT)

    They Plundered Iraq for Fun and Profit

    Mike Battles “former Republican candidate for Congress in Rhode Island and Fox News war-on-terror analyst” figured he could make a quick fortune off the rebuilding of Iraq. So he and pal Scott Custer set up a contracting firm with the catchy name of Custer Battles. The company proceeded to steal a cool $50 million from American taxpayers, according to two of its former employees.


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