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Thursday, September 27, 2007

$200 Billion more for "War or Terror"

It's time the American people wake-the-f-up and start sending the bills for this "war on terror" fiasco to the people who are benefiting from it: Exxon, Philips, BP, Haliburton, BlackWater, etc. etc.

As the dollar hits new lows against every foreign currency that matters, and gold rises into the mid $700 range, and oil tracks nicely to over $70bbl, and Idiot Americans remain generally oblivious to the evaporation of their net worths via hidden inflation (which at this point borders on an official debasing of the currency)...The Hawks are back at the trough begging for another $200B just for next year's portion of the phony war on terror (read: war for control of oil prices).

Remember, this war was only supposed to cost $75B (thanks Rummy, you elitist tool twid) and the real cost now approaches $2 Trillion.

The stupidity of the vast majority of middle class or poor Americans who are putting up with this amazes me beyond my wildest imagination (but then again, why should it, half of the population is below average IQ, no?).

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5750513

"WASHINGTON September 27, 2007, 1:47 a.m. ET · President Bush and Congress are headed toward another showdown on war spending, this time sparring over nearly $190 billion the Pentagon says is needed to keep combat in Iraq afloat for another year.

If approved, Congress would have appropriated more than $760 billion for the two wars, having already approved of $450 billion for Iraq and $127 billion for Afghanistan.

The Pentagon had already requested $147 billion for the wars; Gates went to Capitol Hill to ask for an additional $42 billion. The money would pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in the 2008 budget year, which begins Monday.

Gates said the extra $42 billion was necessary to buy vehicles that can protect troops against roadside bombs, refurbish equipment worn down by combat and consolidate U.S. bases in Iraq.

More specifically, the request includes some $11 billion for 7,000 mine-resistant vehicles. This is in addition to the 8,000 vehicles already planned for fielding.

Congress has not yet approved any of the money but was on track this week to pass a stopgap spending bill that would keep the war afloat for several more weeks. This gives Democrats, divided on whether to cut off money for the war, time to figure out their next step."

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