How much will the war on terrorism cost? If past experience is any indication, there are bound to be a few hidden expenses. As it takes on the axis of evil, the Pentagon is running up what it refers to as “incremental costs” — expenses over and above the cost of training and deploying troops overseas. But when the General Accounting Office took a look at $2.2 billion the Defense Department spent enforcing no-fly zones in Iraq and keeping peace in the Balkans in 2000 and 2001, it found at least $101 million in what it calls “questionable expenditures.” Here are a few of the iffier expenses racked up at air bases in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
|Cappuccino machine||$16,758||Golf-club set with bag||$1,478|
|Corporate golf membership||$16,000||White beach sand||$4,638|
|Genie lamp with Riyadh stone||$432||“The Intelligent Investor” software||$2,987|
|Cowboy hats||$4,896||Deocrative river rock||$18,980|
|Nacho cheese warmer||$1,039||Love seat and armchair||$23,989|
|Remote-control cars||$3,766||Sumo wrestling suit||$3,395|