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Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Oh Look! More War Money Needed!

posted by Jazz at 10/26/2004 01:29:00 PM

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Can somebody remind me... which debate was it when Kerry mentioned something about the cost of the war being $200B and Bush chided him saying that it wasn't nearly that high? It appears that numbers in excess of 200 billion only look acceptable after November 3rd. From today's wapo.

The Bush administration intends to seek about $70 billion in emergency funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan early next year, pushing total war costs close to $225 billion since the invasion of Iraq early last year, Pentagon and congressional officials said yesterday.

You know, it might just be my memory failing with old age, but didn't the Bush team originally tell us that Iraq's oil revenues were going to pay for the lion's share of this mess? One more piece of news that Rove didn't need slipping out the side door during the last week of the election. Bend over, America. The bill is coming due.

I was going to offer some comment from the right, but I can't find a single right wing blog talking about this. Here's a few comments from the lefties.

Oh, look. Oliver Willis seems to recall something about those oil revenues also.

The Left Coaster brings up the link I couldn't find to people lambasting Kerry's comments about the war costing $200B.

The Liquid List reflects on what else we could buy with another $70B.

Mathew Gross has some interesting questions about where Poland's contribution to the bill is.

Atrios simply calls it "cute" and lets the staggering budget numbers speak for themselves. Perhaps they really do, at that.