Dr. Strangelove, I presume …

Last week was really something.

It started with 16 U.S. intelligence agencies offering a consensus view that Iraq is a "cause celebré" 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.

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