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The Consumer Guide to the Cost of War in Iraq: An Internet Reader

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Bacon, Kenneth H. and George Rupp, "Unready for the Aftermath," Washington Post, 7 March 2003, p. A33.

Bush, George W., "President Discusses the Future of Iraq," Speech to the American Enterprise Institute, Washington, D.C., 26 February 2003. news/releases/2003/02/20030226-11.html

Congressional Budget Office, "An Analysis of the President's Budgetary Proposals for Fiscal Year 2004," March 2003, p. 4.

Hadley, Steve, "The Plan for a Postwar Iraq" Washington Post, 28 February 2003, p. A23. Available at: trq&t=/products/washfile/newsitem.shtml

Hartung, William D. and Michelle Ciarrocca, "Buying a Coalition," The Nation, 17 March 2003.

House Budget Committee, Democratic Staff, "Assessing the Cost of Military Action Against Iraq: Using Desert Shield/Desert Storm as a Basis for Estimates," 23 September 2002. analyses/spending/iraqi_cost_report.pdf

International Development Committee, "Preparing for the Humanitarian Consequences of Possible Military Action Against Iraq," Fourth Report of Session 2002-03, Volume 1, House of Commons (UK). cmselect/cmintdev/444/444.pdf

Kosiak, Steven M., "Potential Cost of a War with Iraq and its Post-War Occupation," Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, 25 February 2003.

McKibbin, Warwick J., and Andrew Stoeckel, "The Economic Costs of a War in Iraq," Brookings Institution, 7 March 2003. views/papers/mckibbin/20030307.htm

Nordhaus, William D., "The Economic Consequences of a War with Iraq," in War with Iraq: Costs, Consequences and Alternatives, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2002. nordhaus/homepage/AAAS_War_Iraq_2.pdf

Nordhaus, William D., "Iraq: The Economic Consequences of War," The New York Review of Books, 5 December 2002.

Novaks, Robert, "Playing Texas poker, Bush bets all on Iraq", Chicago Sun Times, 6 March 2003.

O'Hanlon, Michael, "Shinseki Vs. Wolfowitz," The Washington Times, 4 March 2003. Available at

O’Hanlon, Michael, “War Against Saddam’s Regime: Winnable but No Cakewalk,” Testimony to House Armed Services Committee, 2 October 2002. views/testimony/ohanlon/20021002.htm

Pickering, Thomas R. and James R. Schlesinger, Co-chairs, Eric Schwartz, Project Director, "Iraq: The Day After," Report of an Independent Task Force on Post-Conflict Iraq, Council on Foreign Relations, 2003

Senate Budget Committee, Democratic Staff, "Fact Sheet on CBO Cost Estimate of Potential Military Conflict with Iraq," 1 October 2002

Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Testimony on Iraq Reconstruction by Dr. Gordon Adams, Dr. Phebe Marr, Ms. Sandra Mitchell, and Mr. Eric Schwartz at:

Ward, Celeste Johnson, "Potential Costs of a War Against Iraq," Center for Strategic and International Studies, 20 November 2002.

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About Anne C. Richard

Anne C. Richard served as Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration (2012-17). She is a visiting fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University.

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