Those vacuous WMD's and that 'mushroom cloud' sure were expensive, weren't they? Recall neocon Paul Wolfowitz, co-conspirator in the ruse, telling the citizens that Iraq could pay for its own reconstruction. Well, at least we 'brought freedom' to the folks there, didn't we?
Those billions are gone forever, down the proverbial black hole. Well, for the tax-payers, they are gone forever. The military-industrial complex, however, has lined its rich pockets with those billions. It's comforting to the U.S. tax-payers to know that somebody got rich with their lost tax dollars.
Odd stuff under these 8 years under Bush/Cheney. "Less government and less regulation" was the rallying cry of these two shysters. And the American electorate bought the package, twice. Go figure!