John Boehner's view that dozens of dead Americans and billions of dollars per month is a "small price" to be paying in the Iraq War is an interesting perspective on the conflict but, I assume, a reasonable inference from the oft-stated conservative view that what's needed to shore up public support for the war is more rhetorical emphasis on the alleged stakes. To me, it seems like a pretty big price, especially because even the war's more serious proponents tend to take a surprisingly dim view of the prospects for success.

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