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By prospect   June 2006

Iraq costs more than Vietnam

The Pentagon is obfuscating the costs of the Iraq war by refusing to break down the overall $435bn cost this year of the “global war on terror.” This larger cost includes military, diplomatic and foreign aid operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, enhanced security programmes since 9/11 and the medical costs of the department of veterans’ affairs. What is clear is that under the new budget, the military and diplomatic costs of the Iraq war were $51bn in 2003, $77bn in 2004, $87bn in 2005 and $102bn this year. And a new congressional budget office report…

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