EXCLUSIVE–The Three Trillion Dollar War: Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz and Harvard Economist Linda Bilmes on the True Cost of the US Invasion and Occupation of Iraq / February 29, 2008 / http://tinyurl.com/2on4jv<quoted text>
If you were able to understand how the base line budgeting process works in Washington you would know that what our politicians refer to as a "cut" is simply a reduction in the scheduled and automatic increase in the spending levels of every department. So to clarify for you, this is how they can call an actual increase in spending and budgets a cut without cutting anything more then the INCREASE. Trying to shift the blame away from those who were actually responsible for the safety of those employees in Libya is disgusting, dishonest and despicable.
One week after President Bush rejected charges the war in Iraq has hurt the US economy, a new book puts a conservative estimate of the war’s cost at $3 trillion so far. In their first national broadcast interview upon their book’s publication, Nobel laureate and former chief World Bank economist, Joseph Stiglitz, and co-author Linda Bilmes of Harvard University say the Bush administration has repeatedly low-balled the cost of the war—and even kept a second set of records hidden from the American public