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December 01, 2008

Cost of war in Iraq is taking toll

Has anyone noticed lately how cleverly President Bush has pushed his cost of billions of dollars spent for the invasion of Iraq to the background? Now billions are being spent on the credit crisis.

The Republicans and far right have always blamed Bill Clinton for everything, even today. Now it is time for consumers to realize that the trillions of dollars Bush has stupidly spent in Iraq have come back to haunt him.

If Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke want to know where to get money for the bailout, it’s simple. Just tell Bush to bring back 140,000 service men from Iraq.

Herb Miller
Mission Hills

Comments

solomon

NE,

Three magic words for you....TURN OFF RUSH!

NoMoreMrNiceGuy

What did Vietnam cost us? What about Korea?
How much will our invasion of Pakistan or Iran cost? Oh I see, that will be overlooked since the annointed one will be on duty. Congress voted Yes and Congress is not only Republican.NO more war, no more global welfare and the next time we have another Hitler, we should just turn our cheek.

Jim

Typical Arminius. Can't counteract the facts, so he just calls people names like a third grader. Such a tough guy.

solomon

thank you Arminius, i will share with you that they are ot doing any b rain test, they are checingwhy my tongue is sometimes in my cheek and words sometimes come out of my keister

Arminius

solomon:

I sure hope St. Luke's finds out what's wrong with you.

Arminius

Moron alert:

"You're right, Kee. The killing of tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians who had nothing to do with attacks on the US is well worth the $10-12 billion a month. Let's stay for another hundred years and finish the job."

Arminius

"Has anyone noticed lately how cleverly President Bush has pushed his cost of billions of dollars spent for the invasion of Iraq to the background?"

I thought CNN did that earlier this year when it was clear that the surge was working. They, and not Bush, are the ones who started touting the econony as "Issue #1."

"Now it is time for consumers to realize that the trillions of dollars Bush has stupidly spent in Iraq have come back to haunt him."

Trillons? The last time I checked, the costs for Iraq were around just one trillion.

Our defense budget amounts to about 5 percent of GNP. Iraq accounts for about 15 percent of that 5 percent. Compared to social welfare spending, spending on Iraq has been a drop in the bucket.

solomon

Once again the word liberate used to describe the invasion and occupation of iraq. Yes, Saddam needed to go, but not at the current and future cost of he endeavor, both in lives and dollars. We "frown" on assassinations od foreign leaders but justify the killing of innocents, iraqis who resist us as we would resist an invader and the deaths and maiming of our own young men and women in the name of "fredom".

Face acts guys, we "liberated" them, cut their country into segments we can manage by cutting deals with different groups and we;ve dictated how the gov;t we set up is to deal with their neighbors. Watch in the coming years for us to demand the puppet gov;t recognize Israels right to exist, som ething we have no right to demand of anyone,

Engineer

Jim
The big difference is that back when Obama started making his "withdrawal" proposal he was way premature. And he was completely wrong about the surge. My opinion is that when we get to 2012 there still will be a significant troop presence in Iraq. If not I believe that will be very unwise but that isn't in the package Obama was selling.

EL

Jim,

I was pointing out that congress and democrats share the blame for spending billions in Iraq, and for what happened there. I think that war was unnecessary but I don't accuse the troops of being war criminals.

But IF I thought the war was illegal and that war crimes were being committed, and I was in congress, I would vote against all war funding, other than to bring them home. If you think they are killing innocent people and you continue to give them money you are just as guilty as they are.

mike d

Once again, please repeat after me:
We are never leaving Iraq, ever.

Why should we leave? When things heat up again in the Mid-East, and they will, what better place strategically could we be in? Iraq is the most fought over piece of real estate in human history, and it is not a mystery why.

We are never leaving Iraq, ever.

Jim

EL,

So you would've supported cutting off funding for our troops in Iraq? You wouldn't have made any remarks about traitorous Democrats hating the troops and surrendering to al Qaeda or whoever else you think is over there? Somehow I doubt it.

EL

Open your eyes and read the constitution. The president cannot spend one dollar unless congress authorizes it.

TheY spent more in Iraq the past two years than ever before WITH DEMOCRATS CONTROLLING CONGRESS.

Pub 17

Actually, Kee, the fifty thousand troops in Japan, twenty thousand of whom are on Okinawa, are behaving rather poorly and the Japanese want us out. We won't go. The Okinawans REALLY REALLY REALLY want us out, and have for years. And we're coming out of Germany, or haven't you heard?

Jim

Kee,

First of all, I served. Your "where's the love for the troops" BS is as desperate as your "not supporting Bush is not supporting the troops" blather is.

Secondly, you seem to believe that every single Iraqi man, woman and child who has died in that war was a terrorist or posed some harm to the troops or to the country. You're not that naive are you?

Third, I didn't hear you moaning about surrender or cutting and running when Bush endorsed a withdrawl timeline that's remarkable similar to Obama's. I didn't hear you saying "let the Iraqis decide" when Maliki endorsed Obama's withdrawl plan by name during the campaign.

And the fact that you think that Germany and S. Korea are in any way analogous to our situation in Iraq says volumes about how seriously to take your arguments. That is, not very.

Kee

Lets see now Jim, have you spoken of your claim of the deaths of civilians to the guys returning to Ft. Riley?

Where is all that love for the troops that the left is supposed to have Jim? Gosh you all were bragging about it the other day?

We will not be there much longer either, because the job is finished. Of course we still are in Germany and S. Korea aren't we Jim? Are we killing civilians over there too, or just torturing them?

Jim

You're right, Kee. The killing of tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians who had nothing to do with attacks on the US is well worth the $10-12 billion a month. Let's stay for another hundred years and finish the job.

Kee

The liberation of 19 million people and the killing of tens of thousands of those who would kill us is well worth the cost.

Pub 17

Yeah, the Shi'ia who're returning Iraq to its proper conservative religious roots at our expense think the money was spend wisely.

jeanette

Sorry, Herb, but not everyone believes the money was stupidly spent.

 
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