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April 14, 2008
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Views on Money for Iraq War, and What Else Could Be Done With It

Sometimes I think the NYTimes really misses the boat in their headlines. In an article about what people think we should have spent/be spending the money we're using to take over Iraq, I found this little gem:

Mr. Bush said in his speech on Thursday that the Defense Department budget today represented slightly more than 4 percent of gross domestic product, compared with more than 6 percent in some years of the Reagan administration and as much as 13 percent in 1952-3, when the United States was engaged in the war in Korea.

But the war in Iraq is largely being paid for off the books, with emergency and supplemental spending rather than from the Pentagon’s operating budget, so Mr. Bush’s figures are a low estimate of the relative cost of the war, analysts have observed. And growing entitlement costs today make such comparisons with previous eras questionable.

I could have made an entire article out of that alone. Comparing what they said then with what we now know they knew then, and what they've been saying at intervals along the way.

Except with, you know, the inclusion of actual facts that show how they're shading and distorting the truth.

Sometimes I really do wonder if the major news organs are going to remember their shame-faced admissions, years too late, that their 'journalism' was insufficiently 'investigative' about the Bush Administration's pre-war assertions. And if they're really going to do it any differently the next time.

Posted by AnneZook at 01:12 PM


I don't think the journalists will think of these times at all. Remember, they were co-opted by the Republicans and by their bosses' bottom lines BEFORE Bush even got into office. They're one of the reasons he sailed in so easily.

Posted by: Elayne Riggs at April 16, 2008 02:22 PM

Well, yes, I remember that. But surely someone in a position of responsibility is capable of seeing cause and effect?

Posted by: Anne at April 17, 2008 07:46 AM