Sunday, August 27, 2006


[Uncovered by Paul Krugman]

"The greatest thing to come out of [invading Iraq] for the world economy
... would be $20 a barrel for oil." Rupert Murdoch, chairman of News
Corporation (which owns Fox News), February 2003

"The administration's top budget official estimated today that the cost
of a war with Iraq could be in the range of $50 billion to $60 billion,"
saying that "earlier estimates of $100 billion to $200 billion in Iraq
war costs by Lawrence B. Lindsey, Mr. Bush's former chief economic
adviser, were too high." The New York Times, Dec. 31, 2002

"Peacekeeping requirements in Iraq might be much lower than historical
experience in the Balkans suggests. There's been none of the record in
Iraq of ethnic militias fighting one another that produced so much
bloodshed and permanent scars in Bosnia." Paul Wolfowitz, deputy
secretary of defense and now president of the World Bank, Feb. 27, 2003

"Regime change in Iraq would bring about a number of benefits for the
region. . . Extremists in the region would have to rethink their
strategy of jihad. Moderates throughout the region would take heart, and
our ability to advance the Israeli-Palestinian peace process would be
enhanced." Vice President Dick Cheney, Aug. 26, 2002

"It's time for Democrats who distrust President Bush to acknowledge that
he will be the commander in chief for three more critical years, and
that in matters of war, we undermine presidential credibility at our
nation's peril." Senator Joseph Lieberman, Democrat of Connecticut, Dec.
6, 2005

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