Monday, July 9, 2007

$12 Billion a Month for War

The nonpartisan Congressional Research Service is out with a new accounting of the cost of Bush's war in Iraq—a mere $10 billion (that's with a "b") a month.

Throw in the Afghan war, and the Bush military machine is burning through a cool $12 billion each and every month.

Even in the surrealistic world of federal spending, these are big numbers. We keep waiting for Oklahoma's Congressional leadership to get riled up about the blood and treasure we are expending in Iraq.

As AltTulsa has previously noted, Republicans are increasingly critical of the war and its prosecution. Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, for example, has been a fierce critic of the war. More recently, Indiana Sen. Dick Lugar, a respected voice on foreign policy, has joined the rising chorus of Republican criticism.

One of these days, someone's going to have to wake up Oklahoma's Republican leadership.

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