By Miriam Pemberton, William D. Hartung

If what's shaping as much as be the worst international coverage catastrophe in U.S. historical past has an upside, it truly is that the present conflict in Iraq may still definitively, completely settle a handful of serious questions on American behavior on the planet. This ebook offers a listing of these questions or even ventures a few solutions within the type of key classes from Iraq. the assumption of assembling classes as instruments for warding off the following struggle is much less of a stretch than it kind of feels, given the gang of writers represented right here. They comprise a Nobel Prize-winning economist; the previous leader UN guns inspector; and an Iraqi American whose weekly conversations together with his kinfolk have given him a grim schooling on what residing via a battle to unfold democracy is like at the flooring. additionally here's a Pulitzer Prize and nationwide ebook Award winner who strains the habitual American undesirable behavior of beginning wars as tryouts for large principles. All societies desire a prepared reference guide that pulls a few strains round its behavior of warfare. The Bush management has produced a thorough overhaul of the U.S. handbook. Given the Iraq event, it's pressing that we reject this model and re-examine. This ebook is a manageably sized, accessibly written, cheap compilation of key issues that almost all urgently must be rethought.

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None of this is surprising: government agencies often focus on their own costs, not the costs they impose either on the private sector or on other government agencies. 12. S. invasion of Iraq in March 2003, and future markets did not anticipate any significant increases. For further discussion, see Bihnes and Stiglitz, The Economic Costs of the Iraq War: An Appraisal Three Years After the Beginning of the Conflict, NBER Working Paper, February 2006. 13. Greenwald and Stiglitz have argued, for instance, that the global economy suffered both when the price of oil soared in the early 1970s and when the price of oil plummeted in the 1980s.

All these costs are large and very real. There is no chance the government will refuse care for veterans, at least officially, or decline to replace worn-out helicopters. But in the cash-based accounting system, they simply don't show up yet. The result is that the total budgetary costs of the war are completely underestimated. The public and Congress often seem to be basing their costbenefit calculations on the widely reported amount of $500 billion. But this figure reflects just the running costs of the war.

Troops have had their deployments extended involuntarily by the use of" stoploss" policies. More than one-third of the total active fighting force has been ordered to serve second or third deployments. Additionally, reservists are being called up involuntarily. More than 5,000 Army reservists and 2,000 Marine reservists have been ordered back involuntarily since the war began. 2. This interview was shown on the Newshour with Jim Lehrer, May 23, 2007. 3. Letter from CBO director Peter Orzsag to Congressman John Spratt, February 1, 2007.

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