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The growing cost to the United States of fighting the war in Iraq “is not only linked to our economic skid, but is a leading cause of it,” a Democratic congressman said Saturday. Rep John Yarmuth linked the costly and unpopular war with the growing economic troubles – some say recession – in this country. Yarmuth said in the Democrats’ weekly radio address that the testimony this week of Gen David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker about the Iraq war served as reminder of the billions of dollars being poured into Iraq as the US economy struggles. “General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker failed to offer a plan to change direction in Iraq and redeploy our troops,” Yarmuth said. “Instead, they offered more of the same, with US troops and taxpayers paying the price.”