US President Bush is proposing to slash medical care for the poor and elderly by US$66bn to meet the soaring cost of the Iraq war, which has so far cost $500bn. The Iraq intervention will soon be more expensive than the 13-year Vietnam war, which in today's prices cost $614bn. Apparently the NY Times says 'that the cost of the war would have paid for universal healthcare in the US, nursery education for all three and four-year-olds in the country, immunisation for children round the world against a host of diseases, and still leave about half of the money left over'.
Meanwhile Hugo Chávez has said Bush is 'more dangerous than a monkey with a razor blade'! As well as labelling Bush as 'evil', Chávez said that Bush should be tried for war crimes and thrown in prison for the rest of his life.