01/28/2005: More than halfway there, and no end in sight, yet....
Derrick Jackson has a revealing and disturbing piece on the cost of war today.
According the Jackson, the cost of the failing occupation of Iraq is now more than halfway past the cost of the Vietnam War (when measured in today's dollars). It has exceeded the cost -- again in today's dollars -- of the Civil War and World War I, and it's closing in on Korea.
If the current spending continues apace, we will pass Vietnam's in a year or two. With no American vital interest at stake in Iraq, it's hard to justify this spending when we can't provide health care to all citizens or fix the Social Security system without destroying it.
Len on 01.28.05 @ 12:02 PM CST