Meanwhile, The Other Half Of The Federal Budget Speaks Up...

The Smirking Chimp > Boston Globe

A forthcoming request for additional funds to continue waging war in Iraq will not begin to address the "hidden cost" of the conflict, according to Pentagon officials and other government authorities who say that tens of billions of dollars more will eventually be needed to repair or replace heavily used equipment and to compensate for the wear and tear on members of the armed services.
Well, well, well. Can't you see the Carlyle Group and Halliburton lining up at the trough?