Billions & then some

Eighty-seven billion dollars. That’s the amount President George W. Bush has asked Congress to appropriate in the next fiscal year for the military occupation and reconstruction of Iraq. That will bring the cost of the Iraq war to a two-year total of $166 billion. The entire sum will be added to the deficit, which is now expected to reach half a trillion dollars. If nothing else, the president’s request should put the final nail in the...

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