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All War Is Costly—Do You Know Which Is the Most Expensive?

WIth President Bush signing the $162 billion war funding bill yesterday combined with the news that the US spends $720 million a day in Iraq, it seems like this war has to be the spendiest ever by a long way.

Well, not yet it's not, and it's got a long way to go before it eclipses the most expensive war the US has ever waged. The brilliant Libertarian-pegged mag Reason (which I just picked up and cannot put down) has the cost of every major US conflict, translated to modern dollars. Think you know how much of the treasury we blew through in the Civil War? Which was more expensive, the Korean War or Vietnam? The answers are fascinating, go test your mettle.



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