From the NY Times, about the first conversation between Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and the first American head of Iraq, Jay Gardner:
The history records how Mr. Garner presented Mr. Rumsfeld with several rebuilding plans, including one that would include projects across Iraq.
“What do you think that’ll cost?” Mr. Rumsfeld asked of the more expansive plan.
“I think it’s going to cost billions of dollars,” Mr. Garner said.
“My friend,” Mr. Rumsfeld replied, “if you think we’re going to spend a billion dollars of our money over there, you are sadly mistaken.”
“Sadly mistaken” indeed. In the immortal words of Homer Simpson, “It’s funny because it’s true.”