White House On $2.4 Trillion Iraq War: "Not Worried About The Number"
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported today that "total spending for U.S. operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and other activities related to the war on terrorism would amount to between $1.2 trillion and $1.7 trillion for fiscal years 2001 through 2017." With $705 billion in interest, the cost of the wars could amount to $2.4 trillion -- with $1.9 trillion in Iraq.
White House Press Secretary Dana Perino attacked the report as "a ton of speculation" and downplayed it as a creation "based on questions that Democrats in Congress that don't want us to be in the war asked." Perino added that the White House is not concerned about the exact cost of the war: