War on Terrorism: $87,000,000,000.00

The Washington Post has a graph comparing the $87 billion President Bush has requested for the war on terrorism to spending on other government responsibilities.  It is more than double the amount for homeland security and a lot more than planned for education.

Back in November 2002, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on NPR, “I can’t tell you if the use of force in Iraq today would last five days, or five weeks or five months, but it certainly isn’t going to last any longer than that.”  I wonder if he still stands by that?