How Much Does the Iraqi Civil Service Cost?


Try to factor that number into your April 15 calculations, you're paying for it. Uncle Sam will pay two million Iraqi bureaucrats during the U.S. occupation—and I'm betting—far beyond. The Bush administration absolutely refuses to put a price tag on this, but the reality that U.S. taxpayers will pay for garbage collection in Baghdad is just the first of many nasty little details that will trickle out in the coming days.

Next up, let's nail down some of these "donor nations" the Bush team keeps saying will help foot the bill. Who are they and how much are they down for? Right now I'd believe a crate of olives and a nice bottle of port from Spain and that's about it.