Following are comments made by Republican leaders as the Iraq war began in which they discussed how to pay for it.
Don Rumsfeld, March 27, 2003
“When it comes to reconstruction, before we turn to the American taxpayer, we will turn first to the resources of the Iraqi government and the international community.
Paul Wolfowitz, Deputy Secretary of Defence, March 27, 2003
“There is a lot of money to pay for this that doesn’t have to be U.S. taxpayer money, and it starts with the assets of the Iraqi peole. We are talking aobut a country that can really finance its own reconstruction and relatively soon.”
Mitchell Daniels, White House Office Of Managment and Budget, April 21, 2003
“The United States is very committd to helping Iraq recover from the conflict, but Iraq will not require sustained aid.”
Glenn Hubbard, White House Economic adviser, October 4, 2002
“The cost of any intervention would be very small.”
Lawrence Lindsey, White House economic adviser, Septembr 16, 2002
“The likely cnomic effectss of a war in Iraq would be small… Under every plausible scenario, the negative effect will be quite small relative to the economic benefits.”