Get your facts straight Senator Kerry

This election year all of the news organizations unleashed an army of fact checkers to knock-down erroneous claims made by the candidates during the debates. Regardless of the channel on which you chose to watch your post debate spin you were treated to some variation of “Kerry continues to say that the war in Iraq is costing the American public $200 billion, that is wrong.” One reason all the “fact-checkers” stuck to this point is that they all got their facts from FactCheck.org who repeatedly said on their webiste,

Kerry continued to refer to “the cost” of the Iraq war as $200 billion, when it fact the cost to date is just over $120 billion, according to budget officials. Kerry is counting money that has been appropriated to be spent in the fiscal year that started Friday, Oct. 1. Much of the money Kerry counts has not even been requested formally by the Bush administration, and is only an estimate of what will be sought sometime in the coming year, to be spent later.

The cost to date may very well have only been $120 billion but that does not change the fact that the cost is rising daily. In any event, with seven days until election day it appears we need to tap those fact checkers once again because it seems that Kerry was indeed wrong, the number is not $200 billion after all, it is more like $225 billion.

The Bush administration intends to seek about $70 billion in emergency funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan early next year, pushing total war costs close to $225 billion since the invasion of Iraq early last year, Pentagon and congressional officials said yesterday.

Rumor has it that pResident Bush was over-heard on the campaign bus this morning saying, “I guess this is one of those ex-agg-era-tions”.

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