Authorities in London say a helicopter crash during Wednesday morning's commute killed two people, including the pilot. Witnesses say they feared the worst when they heard and saw explosions. (Jan. 16)
Col Korn: 01/10/2003, Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense when asked about the cost of Iraq war ?? something under $50 billion for the cost" Guardian -March 2013 When the US invaded Iraq in March 2003, the Bush administration estimated that it would cost $50-60bn to overthrow Saddam Hussein and establish a functioning government. This estimate was catastrophically wrong. Some estimates suggest that it may eventually cost as much as $3.7TRILLION . The most striking fact about the cost of the war in Iraq has been the extent to which it has been kept "off the books" of the government's ledgers and hidden from the American people. This was done by design. The most obvious way in which the true cost of this war was kept hidden was with the use of supplemental appropriations to fund the occupation. By one estimate, 70% of the costs of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan between 2003 and 2008 were funded with supplemental or emergency appropriations approved outside the Pentagon's annual budget. These appropriations allowed the Bush administration to shield the Pentagon's budget from the cuts otherwise needed to finance the war, to keep the Pentagon's pet programs intact and to escape the scrutiny that Congress gives to its normal annual regular appropriations. More fundamentally, the Bush administration masked the cost of the war with deficit spending to ensure that the American people would not face up to its costs while President Bush was in office. Despite their recent discovery of outrage over the national debt, the Republicans followed the advice of Vice-President #$%$ Cheney that "deficits don't matter" .