Thursday, February 01, 2007

Bush Math

Another day. Another pack of lies.

21,000 = 48,000. $5.6 billion = $27 billion. This from the party that accused Al Gore of using "fuzzy math".
President Bush and his new military chiefs have been saying for nearly a month that they would "surge" an additional 21,500 troops to Iraq, in a last, grand push to quell the violence in Baghdad and
in Anbar Province. But a
new study by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office says the real troop increase could be as high as 48,000 -- more than double the number the President initially said....

According to the study, the costs for the "surge" would also be dramatically different than the President has said. The White House estimated a troop escalation would require about
$5.6 billion in additional funding, the CBO now believes "that costs would range from $9 billion to $13 billion for a four-month deployment and from $20 billion to $27 billion for a 12-month deployment, depending upon the total number of troops deployed." There's a more detailed analysis of the numbers on pages 3 and 4 of the study, which was sent to House Budget Chairman John Spratt today.[DefenseTech]
[via AMERICAblog]


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