Today on Meet the Press, Donald Rumsfeld said it was a big mistake to make predictions about war:
Anyone who tries to estimate the end, the time, the cost or the casualties in a war is making a big mistake.
It would have been nice if he had this attitude before the war. Prior to the invasion Rumsfeld and other top administration officials repeatedly predicted that the war would be quick and inexpensive.
Donald Rumsfeld, 3/7/03:
It could last six days, six weeks. I doubt six months.
Vice President Dick Cheney, 3/16/03:
I think it will go relatively quickly, . . . (in) weeks rather than months
New York Times, 2/2/03:
The administration’s top budget official [Mitch Daniels] estimated today that the cost of a war with Iraq could be in the range of $50 billion to $60 billion.
To date, the war has lasted 27 months at a cost of over 200 billion dollars.