Fight Now, Pay Later

Costs in the gulf war could reach $1 billion a day, but so far Washington is dodging the issue of where the U.S. share will come from

How should the U.S. and its allies pay for Operation Desert Storm? At nearly $50 million for an F-117 Stealth fighter and $2 million for an M-1 tank, the cost of the conflict could add up more swiftly than any other war in American history. By one estimate, the price tag would be as much as $28 billion for a one-month campaign and $86 billion for a six-month siege of Saddam Hussein's forces. Experts say the high-tech combat already costs $500 million a day and may reach $1 billion if heavy fighting breaks out on the ground. At the height of...

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