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Figures add up to long war on terror

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The countdown towards the Iraqi elections continues, now just four days to go,and in America there are more signs the mission is far from over once the election’s done, with a demand for 61 billion euros in extra funding. The White House’s spokesman tried to put a determined face on it, but politicians in Washington are realising the spending in the war on terror is mounting up, none more so than veteran Democrat Robert Byrd. In a typical speech in Congress Byrd mixed acid comment with wry comparison, saying at one point the war had already cost “149 dollars a minute since Jesus Christ was born”.

The ballooning budget suggests a US presence in Iraq for at least the medium term, and that the war on terror is likely to widen in the coming months in both Iraq and Afghanistan.