Bungled budgeting

Investing in Iraq; disinvesting in the U.S.
Many Democrats in Congress and plenty of other Americans find it hard to stomach President Bush’s $87 billion request for military and reconstruction projects in Iraq and Afghanistan. About $20 billion of that total is slated for rebuilding Iraq’s infrastructure—its highways, schools, houses, hospitals, electricity system, water supply and communications. Those who thought the war in Iraq was ill advised are not happy to be paying for the postwar occupation and reconstruction. And even many who supported the war are upset by the price tag, especially since the Bush administration once maintained—mistakenly—that postwar costs would be covered by the sale of Iraqi oil.


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