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June 13, 2005

Wolfowitz Math: $208 Billion < $30 Billion

Unqualified Offerings writes:

: "Walter Pincus of the Post, writing about the memo prepared in advance of the famous July 2002 Downing Street meeting, gets droll:

Testimony by then-Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul D. Wolfowitz, one of the chief architects of Iraq policy, before a House subcommittee on Feb. 28, 2003, just weeks before the invasion, illustrated the optimistic view the administration had of postwar Iraq. He said containment of Hussein the previous 12 years had cost %u201Cslightly over $30 billion,%u201D adding, %u201CI can%u2019t imagine anyone here wanting to spend another $30 billion to be there for another 12 years.%u201D As of May, the Congressional Research Service estimated that Congress has approved $208 billion for the war in Iraq since 2003.

The rest of the article is stuff you already knew, just more official-like.

Posted by DeLong at June 13, 2005 07:33 PM