TV News LIES

Wednesday, Oct 01st

Last update01:00:55 AM GMT

You are here News Economy Iraq war 'caused slowdown in the US'

Iraq war 'caused slowdown in the US'

E-mail Print PDF

THE Iraq war has cost the US 50-60 times more than the Bush administration predicted and was a central cause of the sub-prime banking crisis threatening the world economy, according to Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz.

Professor Stiglitz told the Chatham House think tank in London that the Bush White House was currently estimating the cost of the war at about $US500 billion, but that figure massively understated things such as the medical and welfare costs of US military servicemen.

The spending on Iraq was a hidden cause of the current credit crunch because the US central bank responded to the massive financial drain of the war by flooding the American economy with cheap credit.

"The regulators were looking the other way and money was being lent to anybody this side of a life-support system," he said.

That led to a housing bubble and a consumption boom, and the fallout was plunging the US economy into recession and saddling the next US president with the biggest budget deficit in history, he said.

More... 


Most Recent Related Stories...


Secret Recordings Expose Cozy Relationship Between Goldman Sachs And The NY Fed

Carmen SegarraThe New York Fed had become too risk-averse and deferential to the banks it supervised. Its...

Trump Plaza closes its doors, becomes 4th Atlantic City casino to close this year

Trump casino closesThe supervisor drew his finger in a slashing motion moments after the final hand of blackjack...

Treasury to unveil steps to curb tax inversions

Jacob LewTreasury Secretary Jacob Lew says he'll announce new steps on Monday to prevent American companies from...

US wealth gap putting the squeeze on state revenue

income inequalityIncome inequality is taking a toll on state governments.The widening gap between the wealthiest Americans and...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!