Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Iraq and its costs, some milestones

Nick Kristof cites a staggering study today in his column, "Iraq and Your Wallet:"
“The total costs of the war, including the budgetary, social and macroeconomic costs, are likely to exceed $2 trillion,” Joseph Stiglitz, the Nobel-winning economist at Columbia, writes in an updated new study with Linda Bilmes, a public finance specialist at Harvard. Their report has just appeared in the Milken Institute Review, as an update on a paper presented earlier this year.
There's another study he cites that puts the cost at a piddling $1 trillion. Any way you slice it, it's now patently clear how costly Bush's choice to go to war in Iraq has become.

And in terms of the human costs, did you catch Pat Tillman's brother's comments yesterday?
Kevin Tillman has not spoken publicly about the war or his brother's death since his discharge from the Army. But on Truthdig.com, he wrote openly about the war and America's response to it.

"Somehow, the same incompetent, narcissistic, virtueless, vacuous, malicious criminals are still in charge of this country. Somehow, this is tolerated. Somehow, nobody is accountable for this."