The true cost of the Iraq war

We review The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict by Joseph E Stiglitz and Linda J Bilmes.

History will not be kind to President George W Bush and the architects of the Iraq war. It is hard to know what they really hoped to achieve, but by any reasonable measure they have failed spectacularly so far û and at an extraordinary cost.

According to a conservative estimate by economist Joseph Stiglitz and public policy expert Linda Bilmes, US taxpayers are facing a bill of about $3 trillion for the war, which they have not yet even started...

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