Now: U.S. government spending $5.6 billion each month in Iraq and Afghanistan, not including some costs for maintenance and replacement of equipment and some training and reconstruction costs. Financial cost of Iraq war could exceed $700 billion.
Six months ago: U.S. government spending $5.4 billion each month on the two wars. I guess that financial cost of Iraq war will come to $500 billion.
Before 2003 invasion: Cost of Iraq war estimated at $50 billion, with assurances that Iraqi oil revenues would pay for much of the effort. Note missing zero.
Throughout U.S. history (and probably time immemorial): Financial cost of war consistently underestimated by a factor of ten.
Has even a single person been held accountable? Where is the clamor for a Military Planning Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act?