The Democrats delivered something of a bombshell with their report "The Hidden Costs of the Iraq War". In it they claim that the total cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is expected to be $1.6 trillion, double the amount President George Bush says it will cost.
The report says:
"The full economic costs of the war to the American taxpayers and the overall US economy go well beyond even the immense federal budget costs already reported."
The Whitehouse responded by saying that the Democrats were playing politics. True enough, but that's what politicians (Republicans included) do.