[quote=drizzit]How many would have supported the IRAQ war had they been told the national sales tax will go up 5% to pay for it while the war is in progress?[/quote]

One of the ways they pulled that off, was to not make the war in Iraq part of the US budget, it was always an emergency funding measure, that's why Bush repeatedly went in front of Congress each time to get more money, they hold the purse strings

The administration smartly knew that if they had made it part of the military budget each time, then it would have met with much more resistance

Obama puts it in the yearly budget, on the other hand, so it's more visible now