I caught this little gem in an article on the new British memos released Sunday which show that U.K. officials believed the U.S. had no adequate post-war planning:
Testimony by then-Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul D. Wolfowitz, one of the chief architects of Iraq policy, before a House subcommittee on Feb. 28, 2003, just weeks before the invasion, illustrated the optimistic view the administration had of postwar Iraq. He said containment of Hussein the previous 12 years had cost "slightly over $30 billion," adding, "I can't imagine anyone here wanting to spend another $30 billion to be there for another 12 years." As of May, the Congressional Research Service estimated that Congress has approved $208 billion for the war in Iraq since 2003.
Well, Wolfowitz was only off by $178 billion. Hopefully he has brushed up on his numerical calculation skills considering he is now president of the World Bank.
Raw Story has the recently released British documents in html here:
- The Iraq options paper
- Axis of evil, British foreign secretary says Iraq case weak
- Condi committed to regime change In 2002
- The British legal background
- Admission that Iraq WMD program hadn't changed
- The 'need to wrongfoot' Saddam on inspectors
The pressure is building on the Downing Street Memo story (a.k.a. Memogate). John Conyers has achieved almost 500,000 signatures on his letter petition to President Bush which demands answers about pre-war planning.