Think Progress points out that a side-effect of all the recent congressional sword-play, aimed at attaching a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq, has been to overshadow the staggering amount of money being sent there (if passed, the new appropriation bill will push total spending on the war over the half trillion mark). Think that’s high? That’s not the half of it. Check out Mother Jones’ interview with Nobel Prize Winning Economist Joseph Stiglitz for some real sticker shock. And don’t miss MoJo’s Iraq for Dummies to see where all that money has been spent.