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Set a Spending Limit on Iraq

Congress should creatively use its power of the purse to keep Iraq from becoming an indefinite quagmire.

THERE ARE LOTS of bad ways for Congress to respond to President Bush’s escalation in Iraq. But there is one good way: Set a price tag on the long-run cost of the war — say $500 billion — and tell the president that he won’t be getting a penny more.

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