Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The Iraq War: Five years ago never happened.

CNN reports:

"Bush administration officials Monday expressed doubt about an economist's column published over the weekend saying the war in Iraq will cost the United States more than $3 trillion. That number 'seems way out of the ballpark to me,' said Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell.
"I'm not an accountant. I'm not an economist. And I think that those who are have questioned the methodology of this particular survey," Morrell said." [Who was that, Wolfowitz?]

Morrell is referring to the Op-Ed in the WaPo this Sunday by Joseph E. Stiglitz and Linda J. Bilmes, who write "the total tab to the federal government will almost surely exceed $1.5 trillion.," for the Iraq war.

Morrel goes on to say that fugure "seems like an exaggerated number to us."

Uh huh, this reminds me of Rummy saying back on March 3 2003 that it made "no sense to try" to come up with an estimate of the what the invasion might cost. "That simply isn't useful," he said. Right because when you by you buy something, you generally don't ask how much it will cost. Rummy said: "We have no idea how long the war will last. . . Until someone decides that there has to be a conflict and that the conflict's over, you're not going to know the answer."

And just like a bad flash back, like there is no history at all, White House flak Dana Perino says:

"I think that some of the things that he looks into in terms of veterans care, that we're going to take care of our veterans in the future -- absolutely, those types of things have to be included, but it's very hard to anticipate, depending on conditions on the ground and circumstances, how much the war is going to cost."

So let's not even try to talk about cost until the thing is over and, by the way, we don't know when if ever it will be over.

So why does the media even bother covering these people? It's such a joke.


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