The White House's Cost Estimate

Friday, February 02, 2007

The White House's Cost Estimate

According to CNN:
A report from the Congressional Budget Office says President Bush's plan for a troop increase in Iraq could cost up to $27 billion for a 12-month deployment.

The report estimates that a four-month deployment of the additional troops — both combat and support — could cost $9 billion to $13 billion and a 12-month deployment could cost $20 billion to $27 billion.

The White House estimated that the troop increase would cost $5.6 billion.
In other words, the Bush gang underestimated the "surge" cost by at least 60% and as much as 382%.

When the White House throws out numbers that are this far off, it isn't hard to figure out why the administration has virtually no credibility with Congress or the American people.

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