Wednesday | September 03, 2003
Cost of war becoming Bush's albatross
The sheen is off Bush's War. With 10 dead per week and billions frittered away, it's clear the administration is in serious damage control mode.
The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that military operations alone (not including rebuilding) will cost the US up to $30 billion/year. The CBO report also argues the US must reduce its troop presence, lest it fail to meet its commitments elsewhere around the world.
The administration is playing coy with numbers, and still has not released an initial estimate for the cost of reconstruction:
Despite increasing demands from Congress for details of the costs of postwar Iraq, the Bush administration is likely to wait two months before submitting its first rebuilding estimate, administration officials say.The reasons are fairly obvious -- Bush has finally given Powell permission to head to the UN, begging cup in hand. The hope, of course, being that other nations will start chipping in.
In other words, the very same nations Bush maligned ("freedom fries" anyone?) are now supposed to turn around and bail Bush out with treasure and the lives of their soldiers?
Ain't gonna happen.
Clearly the view that the war to `liberate' Iraq would instantly produce a pro-United States citizenry ready for economic and political rebirth ignored the harsh realities on the ground," White wrote in a preface to "Reconstructing Eden," which is to be published Thursday.Again, there's nothing here that should come as a surprise. It was clear from the beginning that Bush's war plan was flawed, relying on the sweet nothings whispered into his ear by Chalabi, Wolfowitz, Pearle, and the rest of the Chickenhawk cabal.
And the results?
Vernon Dent had expected his youngest home from Iraq in just four months.Posted September 03, 2003 09:40 AM | Comments (94)