Saturday, 3 December 2011
Joseph E. Stiglitz & Linda J. Bilmes, "The Three Trillion Dollar War" (2008)
The full title of Stiglitz and Bilmes' much talked about book is The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict. The central idea they propose in the book is that the way the costs of the war were discussed, by the great unwashed masses, the US government, and the US military, is wildly misleading, either by intention or error. They propose, through using a form of what I will call forensic auditing - for lack of a term I know that will be more correct - to identify heretofore hidden costs of the war, costs of the war that have not been discussed or built into short and long-term US national budgeting, and incidental or related costs of the war that do not go reported in calculations claiming to capture the cost of the war.
A decent, though cursory, outline of the types of costs the book analyses are laid out here:
Excerpts from the book can be read at:
National Public Radio, USA (NPR) - http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=87855957
Vanity Fair, Apr. 2008 - http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2008/04/stiglitz200804