Friday, October 26, 2007

Quick Hits and Fazed Cookies

Bush's $1 trillion war
Shortly before the outset of U.S. military action in Iraq, Bush Administration economist Larry Lindsey was fired for publicly questioning his bosses' estimates of a total cost to US taxpayers of under $50 billion to finance the war. His estimates of "at least $100 to 200 billion" were characterized as wildly off-target.

Lindsay's analysis came months after former Deputy Defense Secretary and key war planner Paul Wolfowitz's repeated assertions that the Iraq War would virtually pay for itself. "$1.7 billion -- that's it for the American taxpayer," said Wolfowitz. " "This is a country (Iraq) that can pay for it's own reconstruction."

Now four years later, we spend $2 billion every week to finance this continued folly, with the total price approaching a mind-boggling $1 trillion -- more than the total costs of 15 years of wars in Vietnam and Korea -- combined.

What exactly do we have to show for this expenditure? A secular puppet dictator, who we backed for years, ruling under crushing sanctions and a no-fly zone, has been replaced by an out-of-control civil war that has strengthened our real enemy in the region (Iran) and cost the lives of nearly 4,000 brave soldiers.

Meanwhile Saudi (like 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers -- none of which were Iraqi) Osama bin Laden -- the mastermind of the attacks that brought on all this madness -- continues to recruit more real terrorists while releasing more PR videos than a Hollywood movie studio.


Frank said...

Follow the money. Who is actually benefiting from this windfall? Our troops? I think not!!!

McLoud said...

"How in the world to these crooks get away with this? Where is the backbone of the Democrats that were elected to stop this war spending? If they can't stop it, who can?"