How Much is America Spending for the War in Iraq?

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At the outset of the Iraq war, a White House aide was fired for saying it might cost $200 billion. Now, one study says it could cost more than a trillion. Whatever the real number turns out to be, there's no question it's costing more than anybody predicted, both directly and indirectly. What's behind the claim of a trillion dollars? How much is sheer speculation? Beyond the costs of combat and reconstruction, what about the economy?What does war mean for the cost of oil? If it weren't for the war, what would the money be spent for? Whatever the costs, what are the benefits of the war in Iraq?
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