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What Their Lies Are Costing Us

So far, the United States has committed $500 billion towards the war effort in Iraq, and an estimate out today places the total cost of the Iraq war, including rebuilding, at well over a trillion dollars.

Here's a flashback to what the Bush administration was telling Americans the total cost would be for the rebuilding of Iraq. It's a video clip of ABC's NIGHTLINE April 23, 2003 broadcast where Andrew Natsios, then the administrator for the United States Agency for International Development (the agency responsible for the Iraq rebuilding effort) explained the cost would be a lot less. A whole lot less.

0:38 - Click on the 'play" button in the lower left-hand corner to play the video.

$1.7 billion to rebuild Iraq, proof of yet another Republican lie. Instead we will spend an amount that has and will continue to result in record profits for the Republican pals like Bechtel, KBR, and Halliburton.

Koppel found Natsios' account hard to believe and asked him later in the broadcast if he felt that the $1.7 billion figure was truly accurate.

TED KOPPEL (Off Camera) And we're back once again with ANDREW NATSIOS, administrator for the Agency for International Development. I want to be sure that I understood you correctly. You're saying the, the top cost for the US taxpayer will be $1.7 billion. No more than that?

ANDREW NATSIOS
For the reconstruction. And then there's 700 million in the supplemental budget for humanitarian relief, which we don't competitively bid 'cause it's charities that get that money.

TED KOPPEL
(Off Camera) I understand. But as far as reconstruction goes, the American taxpayer will not be hit for more than $1.7 billion no matter how long the process takes?

ANDREW NATSIOS
That is our plan and that is our intention. And these figures, outlandish figures I've seen, I have to say, there's a little bit of hoopla involved in this.

Yet another Republican who did a heck of a job on America.


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Comments (1)

Steve Crickmore:

Lawrence Lindsey gets fired for predicting the entire "undertaking could cost $200 billion," and Wolfowitz gets promoted to the presidency of World Bank after saying Iraqi reconstruction will pay for itself from oil revenues...that sounds about right..Andrew Natsios is now Bush's special envoy in Darfur..Probably (and unfortunately), the Bush administration feels it can't afford to listen to Natsios again.


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