Monday, June 13, 2005

Bush Math

When it came to selling the war one of the main guys in the Bush Administration was Paul Wolfowitz a neocon who had been pushing for a war with Iraq for almost ten years. Walter Pincus in the Washington Post has some interesting history. Here is the money quote, quite literally:

"Testimony by then-Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul D. Wolfowitz, one of the chief architects of Iraq policy, before a House subcommittee on Feb. 28, 2003, just weeks before the invasion, illustrated the optimistic view the administration had of postwar Iraq. He said containment of Hussein the previous 12 years had cost "slightly over $30 billion," adding, "I can't imagine anyone here wanting to spend another $30 billion to be there for another 12 years."

Hey Wolfie! FYI As of May, 2005 the Congressional Research Service estimated that Congress has approved $208 billion for the war in Iraq since 2003.

Wolfowitz is now head of the World Bank. Hold on to your wallets!

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