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Cost of War

Aug. 24th, 2005 04:34 pm
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So far, the US has invested billions of dollars into the war machine, and billions of dollars into fighting an illegal war. Remember when we were told, "Oh, 80 billion dollars US, that's it. That's all it will cost." Right now, we're up to over 189 billion dollars, and still counting, considering our dear President would like to stay in Iraq until the oil fields are dry.

For 189 billion, 719 million, 960 thousand dollars, we could have built nearly 2 million additional public housing units, enough for the population of Kansas City. We could have funded a world-wide AIDS program for 18 years (or given about 9 million, 450 thousand people the best care available for the disease for one year). We could have made sure that every child in the world had basic immunization from many of the diseases ravaging third-world countries... for 63 years. If the US hadn't spent all this money on Iraq, we could provided over 9 million high-school students with scholarships to attend college for four years. Or, instead, we could have hired 3.2 million additional teachers for public schooling. Wouldn't that have been fantastic?
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The US has, for the very first time, acknowledging torturing prisoners in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Guantanamo Bay. Let me just say this:


Finally, acknowledging what the rest of the world already knew. As if pictures, posters, complimentary tee shirts, news articles and coffee mugs weren't enough, the US government finally owned up, if secretly. Of course, though, the document from Washington won't be made public until the official UN inquiries in May, 2006. Were you expecting anything else? Real disclosure, perhaps? Owning up to the citizens of the country that they were wrong and lied to us all? Pshaw! Not in this government. That was for the last President, see. This President is King of Eternity, and who cares that his ratings are dropping, most Americans dislike his government, and even his own party members disagree with him?

But wait, he still has Rumsfeld! Oh, wait, and Cheney too! Because, you know, the Iraq insurgency has been in it's last throes for a very long time now, or something. How long have we been hearing this?

The thing I hate about this government is they assume that everyone is stupid, and will read and listen to every word they say. "Ignore that Newsweek behind the curtain, we have the REAL story, and there wasn't any torture of detainees! They're LIARS! Liberal liars, at that!" Do they honestly think that Americans are that stupid?

Oh, oh right. Apparently, they do.
There is one thing I really don't understand about all of this "Iran is going to attack the US with a nuclear weapon!!" news.

Why would they do that?

Ok, so their government hates the US. But chances are, in the present climate, the US would use a nuclear attack in retaliation, right (please correct me if I am wrong)? So with the US's superior nuclear weapons (or, atleast, in number), why would Iran undertake a suicidal attack like that?
"Senator [Coleman], in everything I said about Iraq I turned out to be right and you turned out to be wrong and 100,000 have paid with their lives, 1,600 of them American soldiers sent to their deaths on a pack of lies."



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