Found this interesting!
~They didn't act like it was done..~
Are you joking?? Hoven's 1st paragraph:
"The Iraq War ends this month. The last combat brigade left August 19. Operation Iraqi Freedom, which began in 2003, will end August 31. September 1 marks the beginning of Operation New Dawn. Now that it's over, what did the Iraq War cost?"
~they did it by year, same with the stimulus calculations~
They left off quite a bit.
For starters, they go with a CBO July stat ($709 billion) which doesn't include VA medical costs in re: to Iraq to date, instead of the CBO's July stat which includes that ($748 billion).
Also, for ex., they include the stimulus projected cost to 2019 but not so in re: to the war's projected costs.
It would not surprise me to see the noticing of such reality denigrated as liberal spin or inability to accept stats, but that's not my loss.
What's their MOS?
95% of combat troops have left Iraq. Those who haven't are due to leave within the next two months. So what is laughable about his comment? My husband is combat support and he will atest to the fact that his combat base is darn near empty.