Costs of War

“Even taking a conservative approach and assuming all U.S. troops return by 2010, we believe the true costs exceed a trillion dollars. Using the CBO’s projection of maintaining troops in Iraq through 2015, the true costs may exceed $2 trillion. In either case, the cost is much larger than the administration’s original estimate of $50-$60b. The costs estimated do not include those borne by other countries, either directly (military expenditures) or indirectly (the increased price of oil). Most importantly, we have not included the costs to Iraq, either in terms of destruction of infrastructure or the loss of lives.”

This is from an interesting article in The Hindu – you can, and should read the rest here.

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    Salam Omar,

    I must say that your is one of the most engaging and wel-written blogs I’ve read in a long time.

    I’m an Egyptian journalist currently doing an MA in the UK. For my final project, I am building a website about Egypt’s political blogs, aiming mainly to report on the conversation taking place on these dynamic new spaces. It also serves as a hub for bloggers, a forum for commentary by experts and journalists on the state of the media in Egypt as well as on the future and impact of citizen journalism.

    I would appreciate it if you’d agree to an interview for me to post on my site. An email interview would be fine, but I would much rather speak to you in person. I am willing to call you at your convenience and I don’t have a problem at all if you prefer to remain anonymous. I am only interested in your blog persona and the formidable waves it’s creating.

    Please contact me by email at

    Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best regards,

    Rania Al Malky

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