one billion dollars

Less than a month before the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Saddam Hussein signaled that he was willing to go into exile as long as he could take with him $1 billion and information on weapons of mass destruction, according to a report of a Feb. 22, 2003, meeting between President Bush and his Spanish counterpart published by a Spanish newspaper yesterday.

From WaPo

After reading that about Saddam, the first thing I thought was how much cheaper that would have been; both in blood and treasure. Now I wonder if it would be possible to pay Bush, Cheney, Rove and the whole neo-con cabal; a billion each to leave the US and never come back. That’s still less than half of the 55 billion more they want to continue the war.