President Bush has made it clear regardless of civil war or no civil war the united states will be in iraq and afghanistan beyond 2008, and it would be up for future presidents to decide if the united states will be in iraq/afghanistan/ and possibly iran. What are the economic repercussions of this situation? It currently costs 8 billion to stay in iraq, but wouldnt it go up drastically if their was a civil war? And could the united states afford, staying in iraq? Shouldnt the dividend tax cuts, and other tax cuts be cut themselves to pay for the extended stay.