The Cost of War

23 03 2007

I found this over at •DailyKos•:

So far, $351 billion has been spent or appropriated between 2003 and 2007, and the president’s additional budget request of $68 billion in 2007 will bring that to $419 billion, if it passes, according to estimates by the Congressional Budget Office (these figures include U.S. military expenditures, expenditures for Iraqi security forces, and spending for foreign aid and diplomatic operations in Iraq). With another $113 billion predicted for the 2008 budget, the total direct cost of the war will by then top half a trillion dollars, $532 billion in all. That naturally does not even begin to take into account indirect costs, from veterans’ care to oil-price rises.

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