Thursday, March 04, 2004

Haliburton Must Love This..

The BBC has a story covering a number of recent violent incidents in Iraq. The most interesting part of the story is a line that appears only in a caption of one of the pictures: "Overall damage to infrastructure in the war is put at $55bn". I'm not sure where that came from or how accurate it is, but if true, that's a staggering number. So far we've spent a total of $20-30bn on the rebuilding project, and I believe much of that has been spent trying to reconstitute Iraq's security forces. Apparently we've got a long ways to go (and I'm sure many more special funding bills as well). Awfully convenient that this spending is all kept off the official budget books.

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