The cost of the Iraq occupation has topped $357 billion. I am trying to find out how far along renewable energy development would be with that amount of money. Let me know if you do.
What is of primary interest besides the soon to be proposed "surge" is the upcoming war with Iran.
Two articles that address this upcoming war are:
From Consortium News: Bush's Rush to Armageddon
From Raw Story: Officials believe White House chose new Intelligence chief in effort to darken Iran Intelligence Estimate, broaden domestic surveillance
Remember that it is still the neo-conservatives and their endless war plan that is outlined in the PNAC document (Project for a New American Century) which drives this policy. PNAC asserts the need for war in Iraq, Iran, Syria, and North Korea. Iran is next up and the movement to war is in place. The articles describe how the pieces are going into place.