Dr. Strangelove, I presume â€¦
Last week was really something.
It started with 16 U.S. intelligence agencies offering a consensus view that Iraq is a "cause celebrÃƒÂ©" for Islamic militants, that it may be radicalizing people faster than we can crush their heads and that explicitly predicted the insurgency would get worse next year. A few days later Congress passed an additional $70 billion appropriation for continuing operations in Afghanistan and Iraq through next year, a "bridge" measure that will hold us over until the whole $110 billion that was passed in a record-breaking defense bill comes online.
That brings the total for both wars (and beefing up security at foreign embassies) to over a half trillion dollars.