By the end of this fiscal year President George Bush would have requested $196 Billion for the wars in Iraq and afghanistan pushing total expenditures to about $806 Billion, a figure that is greater than the cost of fighting the Vietnam and Korean wars. However, that figure is not completely correct since interest payments will run another $1 Trillion. Some economists point out if the cost of veteran benefits, including disability costs, is added into the total we might even be envisioning a $3 Trillion final total for the Bush search for ever elusive WMD. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, noted that Bush vetoed a bill to provide medical care for children that would have cost the American government the equivalent of 40 days fighting in Iraq. As an aside, the record keeping of the State Department is so bumbled that it can not even account for the $1.2 Billion it paid DynCorp for its services in Iraq.
President Bush had a wounded soldier by his side as he asked Congress for more money. Since day one of this fiasco, Bush has played the patriot and fear cards in order to compel Congress to do his biding. An American tragedy is how readily supposedly intelligent political leaders of this country were able to be frightened into granting Bush his way. Few stood up and demanded an accounting of why war, why such a costly war, and why couldn’t diplomacy have achieved results.