Spending money like a drunken sailor Secretary of Defense.

Reduced services? Cutbacks in programs for the poor. Costs being passed onto struggling states? Where is all the money going?

Here:

The cost of the war and occupation of Iraq could reach $100 billion through next year, substantially higher than anticipated at the war’s outset, according to defense and congressional aides. This is raising worries that other military needs will go unmet while the government is swamped in red ink.

The cost of the war so far, about $50 billion, already represents a 14 percent increase to military spending planned for this year. Even before the United States invaded Iraq in March, President Bush had proposed defense budgets through 2008 that would rise to $460 billion a year, up 74 percent from the $265 billion spent on defense in 1996, when the current buildup began.

At the same time, the federal budget deficit is exploding. This week, officials expect to announce that it will exceed $400 billion for the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30, the largest in U.S. history by a wide margin. Former White House budget director Mitchell E. Daniels Jr. said last month the deficit should be smaller next year, but economists at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. — factoring rising war costs — said Friday the deficit may climb even higher than their previous $475 billion estimate.

TBogg

TBogg

Yeah. Like I would tell you....