At these prices ...



Geraldine Sealey
January 25, 2005 5:57PM (UTC)

Remember when Lawrence Lindsey suggested the Iraq war would cost $100 billion to $200 billion, and he was practically run out of town? The Bush administration plans to ask for $80 billion more to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. (This includes, as Atrios points out, $1.5 billion for a U.S. embassy in Baghdad. If anyone's looking for an area fertile for cost-cutting, we'd suggest starting here.)

On the war tally so far, the AP says: "Not including the latest package, lawmakers have so far provided the Defense Department with $203 billion for the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and against terrorists, according to the Congressional Research Service. That includes $121 billion for the war in Iraq, $53 billion for Afghanistan and $29 billion for improved security and anti-terror efforts in the United States and abroad."

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And apparently, the Congressional Budget Office is supposed to release new projections today of what the ongoing wars will cost us in the coming years -- last time the CBO did this, the 10-year costs of the wars, if they're fought at current levels, were set at $1.4 trillion.


Geraldine Sealey

Geraldine Sealey is senior news editor at Salon.com.

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