Tallying the true price of the Iraq war: $1 trillion

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  1. Rufus_1611

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    Tallying the true price of the Iraq war: $1 trillion by David Leonhardt

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    "All that would be one way to spend $1.2 trillion. Here would be another:

    The war in Iraq.

    In the days before the war almost five years ago, the Pentagon estimated that it would cost about $50 billion. Democratic staff members in Congress largely agreed. Lawrence Lindsey, a White House economic adviser, was a bit more realistic, predicting that the cost could go as high as $200 billion, but President Bush fired him in part for saying so.

    These estimates probably would have turned out to be too optimistic even if the war had gone well. Throughout history, people have typically underestimated the cost of war, as the economist William Nordhaus has pointed out.

    But the deteriorating situation in Iraq has caused the initial predictions to be off the mark by a scale that is difficult to fathom."​

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  2. snrsvdbygrc

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    I think right after we gained military control of iraq we should have used Iraqi oil to in part pay for the cost of us having to go in. I do see the political repercussions of beeing sought as that being the reason we went in. But you would think an appropriate measure could be reached to pay for specific costs of the war.
     
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    But I thought Bush promised the Iraqis that the oil money was theirs and they wouldn't have to pay anything back to the US. I remember fuming about it at the time. Not to mention the billions of dollars to Iraq from us that have yet to be accounted for by this administration. :BangHead:
     

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