Thursday, July 10, 2003

Rummy's Revisions

In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday, Donald Rumsfeld claimed that the US invaded Iraq not because of any new evidence of Hussein's pursuit of WMD, but because the "coalition" saw the existing evidence "in a dramatic new light -- through the prism of our experience on 9-11."

Rumsfeld also revised his estimate of the cost of operations in Iraq in his testimony. Between January and September of this year, Rumsfeld admitted that the conflict's pricetag will be approximately $3.9 billion per month. The NY Times reminds us that this is "a figure considerably higher than previous estimates."