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6. U.S. Economic and Reconstruction Assistance

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No figure better illustrates the Bush administration’s essential lack of seriousness in Iraq. We have previously been informed in this report that the conduct of the war costs some $2 billion a week. Yet here is the Study Group, begging the administration to increase U.S. economic assistance to all of $5 billion a year–in other words, the equivalent of what it costs to run the war for half a month. The $753 million authorized for emergency economic assistance in 2006, mentioned in the paragraph above, is the equivalent of roughly 2.5 days of conducting the war.