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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

The cost of war

Happy Fiscal New Year -- at least in Massachusetts.

The start of a new spending cycle seems a good time to ask the question: does anyone really know the cost of Iraq and Afghanistan? We have somewhat of a handle on the number of American and "coalition" lives lost. We know in overall terms about the loss of American values and the standing of America on the world stage -- the squandering of the 9-11 capital.

But what about hard and fast dollar totals? There are varying estimates from the left, the reputable media and the administration. But is there a central place to find out how much has been spent since 2001 on war materiel, salaries and reconstruction aid? Here's one effort -- notice how much attention it received?

And is there anyone reporting on how we are spending our children's and grandchildren's future in the desert sands to rebuild a nation we destroyed -- even if they don't really us there?

Or how eliminating the "death tax" will only make matters worse?

I kind of thought so.


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