Billion bilking Bush

The late Sen. Everett Dirksen of Illinois put it best.

“A billion here, a billion there,” Dirksen said. “Pretty soon we’re talking about real money.”

In the buildup to his questionable invasion of Iraq, President George W. Bush and his corrupt administration told many, many lies. Iraq, he said, had weapons of mass destruction. They didn’t and many intelligence experts told the President he stood on shaky ground by claiming they did.

Iraq, he said, conspired with Al-Qaeda to plan the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. He said he had proof. He didn’t.

Yet the biggest lie of all is just now surfacing.

The war against Iraq, Bush said, would cost about $50 billion, give or take a billion or two.

Not even close.

A new report shows the cost of Bush’s failed Iraq war will soon top $500 billion. Now that, as old Ev Dirksen would say, is real money.

McClatchy Newspapers put together a list of what $500 billion would buy if we weren’t blowing it on the Iraq war.

For example:

  • A college education – tuition, fees, room and board at a public university – for about half of the nation’s 17 million high-school-age teenagers.
  • Pre-school for every 3- and 4-year-old in the country for the next eight years.
  • A year’s stay in an assisted-living facility for about half of the 35 million Americans age 65 or older.

When you apply the cost of the Iraq war to the U.S. population of 301.7 million you get a cost of $1,657 for every man, woman and child in this country.

Pentagon sources say military planners warned Bush that his estimate of $50 billion for the Iraq war was “way too low” but he ignored their warnings just like he ignored the advice of others who said they couldn’t prove the existence of weapons of mass destruction or a connection between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden.

As former CIA director George Tenet outlines in his new book, Bush made up his mind to invade Iraq even before he took office on Jan. 20, 2001. He just needed an excuse and the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 gave him that excuse.

Then he invented justifications to sell the war to a shell-shocked Congress, a gullible media and a trusting American public.

The legacy of George W. Bush will be a failed Presidency, a bankrupt America and a lost war based on lies.


  1. erika morgan

    Great thoughts, We agree totally guess we are preaching to the choir. It’s still nice to know that the whole country is not insane.

  2. ngoldstien

    That was all right for Nixon. He was paranoid and warped — but he was actually a competent president. And in his own way he probably loved this country. And most of the harm he did, he did to himself.

    George and Cheney left Nixon in the dust long ago. They belong in prison, not living in luxury somewhere. They should be tried for treason and hanged — unless they opt for life imprisonment in Syria or Iran.

  3. LurkingFromTheLeft

    …come on, how many more reasons do WE need to get him out before he does MORE harm?

    …more lives lost AND damaged forever – both for those he packed off to fight his rich man’s war and those left behind –

    …more dollar$ than WE can afford –

    …thanks Doug for putting it into some kind of perspective – it is mind boggling –

    …too bad The Idiot Emperor can’t understand – after all, a mind is a terrible thing to give a Boy to play with –


  4. Bill Jonke

    Has a mind???

    I feel compelled to paraphrase a line from an old Burns and Allen sketch:

    “It’s all in the power of mind over matter, but Bush has no mind, and it doesn’t seem to matter.”

    Bill Jonke

  5. mrtshw

    The amoral Busheviks have been squardering other’s lives and other’s treasures for generations. Conclusion:………………..

    Outrage Overload + Yada Yada Satiation =…..

    Get Off Your Butts, Democrats!!!!!

  6. Joe Lawrence

    BushCorp claims to worry about the ‘Arab Street,’ but they could not care an iota less about reactions here.

    I have about decided that internet sites – including CHB and so many others – have provided us with an armchair method of venting our various frustrations, so taking to the streets in protest is proportionately less popular, in that such actions require us to actually leave our houses to confront real (rather than virtual) obstacles and risks.

    Why else are we not all in Washington D.C. every weekend?

    Joe Lawrence

  7. T.M. Williams

    As much as $500 billion might be, it’s not as though they’d simply dumped it in the ocean, or burned it on a pyre. This administration has spent that money to end the lives of 3350 American soldiers, take Iraqi oil off the world market, repudiate habeas corpus, and legalize torture.

    And those are just the things Americans care about most — you might include, by way of a footnote, the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi dead and the millions of Iraqis made indigent refugees.

    $500 billion is simply too much for the imagination to conceive. So much moreso is the death and destruction it purchases.

  8. Wayne K Dolik

    And don’t forget where that 500 billion went. it went into the pockets of Bush Cronies like. Oil Companies, Government Contractors with no-bid contracts and the M.I.C. that Ike warned us about.

  9. Razor

    Lets also not forget that 500 Billion is BORROWED MONEY PLUS INTEREST. Thank You George, you idiot, imbicile, sorry excuse of a human being. You deserve nothing but Hell for Eternity. Why don’t you disappear and do the world a favor.

  10. SEAL

    Primarily because we can’t afford it, Joe. People have bills and jobs that pay them. Also, some, like me, can’t be away from the medical treatments that long. One of the reasons why some have so much time to rant is because they are trapped in house by disability. So, we send letters for them to shred.

    Only by showing up to demonstrate in great numbers could we make an impact. That means we need a spark to set the populace off. And, a loudmouth leader with a dedicated core group.

    George Bush plans to continue his war until the day he leaves office. He wants to march out as the “war president.” He knows the incoming administration will end the war in some fashion. But he will always be able to say the failure was their fault. They should have continued his plan to success. That way he will not have failed. He will actually believe that.

    However, he is worried right now. Probably not as much as he should be. He is convinced the democrats will cave in under his “support the troops” theme that has been so effective for him. But he knows that if the democrats stand their ground and continue to demand a timeline for troop removal it will all be over for him. He would end his presidency in disgrace. That fear is there. You can see it if you watch him astutely.

    Personally, I hope the democrats force it on him. If they do, all the wheels will fall off the Bush wagon and it will all come crashing down. I hope those around Bush will be able to control him if it happens. His immediate reaction will be rage, wanting to weild his power, and wanting to teach them a lesson. If he can be held in check to not do something really stupid, he would slide into depression and no longer be a threat. He may go back to heavy drinking. I expect many of his misdeeds would be exposed during this time. He would end in total disgrace. That would be nice.