I'll be honest. Economics and finance make my head hurt. Money's really just a mechanism for formalizing trading of goods, as far as I can tell, so all the intricate details of markets and such like tend to leave me cold. With that caveat in hand, however, even I can see that it's a bad thing when the US is hiding the real costs of rebuilding Iraq. Is it any wonder that this nightmarish conquest has cost the US over $300 billion?