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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

"Official" Terror War Costs Escalate to $1Trillion

Navy Admiral Michael Mullen
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This just in, although those of us with half a brain have been reiterating it for years:

Navy Adm. Michael Mullen, President George W. Bush's nominee to be top military adviser said on Tuesday the United States will be in Iraq for "years not months" and a Pentagon official said the war was costing even more than expected.

"I do think we will be there for years, not months," Mullen told the Senate Armed Services Committee at his confirmation hearing. "But I don't see it (Iraq) as a permanent -- you know, on a permanent base at this point."

In testimony to the House Budget Committee, Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England said next year's war tab will exceed the administration's existing request for $141.7 billion. That's on top of over $600 billion in war checks already written for Iraq and Afghanistan, with 70 percent for Iraq. Bush's request did not include next year's costs for the extra 30,000 U.S. troops sent into combat this year.

House Budget Committee Chairman John Spratt:, " We're actually spending more and more each year" on the war" "ominous indication the costs are continuing to increase."

House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman John Murtha said "I think they (the administration) will need $30 billion to $40 billion more" than the $141.7 billion request, he told reporters outside the House chamber.

So that's $180B + $600B = $780B

But there's more:

"Ultimately "no amount of troops" could solve Iraqi political problems, Mullen acknowledged" and he "expressed concern about the "increasingly hostile" role played by Iran." The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office provided an analysis for long-term war costs. It estimated that if troops in Iraq and Afghanistan were reduced to 75,000 over the next five years and stayed at that level through 2017, it would cost the U.S. Treasury $845 billion over the 10-year period.

So that's $780B + $845B = $1.625 Trillion being tossed around as the total cost of the war.

But we know that's LOW. It leaves out all the costs of supporting the significantly disabled troops who have returned home as well as a long list of very significant line items for "non-defense" spending that has occured to fund this war.

The true cost of just the Iraq and Afganistan portions of the War on Terror is going to be north of the $2 Trillion estimated by many not-half-brained pundits PRIOR to going into IRAQ.

Americans, I hate to say it again here, but you have been fed a load of lies and unless you are already a very wealthy person, you and your children will be paying for this madness for decades to come.

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