Sunday, April 25, 2004

Vice president's war costly to Americans

Long before 9/11, the vice president had been strangely obsessed with Iraq. Of all the world's many despots and tyrants, Saddam Hussein was singled out as the most imminent threat to the security of the United States.

There's a loon in North Korea with nuclear weapons, and fanatics in Iran who are getting close. Instead we go after Saddam who, it turned out, barely had the firepower to lob a SCUD missile across the Kuwaiti border.

But Dick Cheney had gotten the war he wanted.

One year later, it's costing us a staggering $4.7 billion a month, or about $157 million per day.

A hefty chunk of that is being spent on support services provided in Iraq by Halliburton, the Texas company that Cheney ran before joining the Bush ticket in 2000.

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