The Indian Ocean disaster and the small row over “stingy” disaster aid has dominated the news. Lost in this and the holidays was a report that Bush is going to ask for another $80 billion for Iraq. That is in addition to the $25 billion already authorized and approved by Congress for the end of fiscal 2004 and beginning of 2005. It would push the cost of the war to more than $200 billion.
Let’s see, $200 billion spent because of lies to invade a country that posed less threat to us than many others. This will give you some localized examples of the cost and what could have been done with this money (setting aside the impact on the deficit).