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March 17, 2006
You know what you don't want to read?

I don't even have to read the story to feel tired and discouraged. Just the headline does that for me.

U.S. War Spending to Rise 44% to $9.8 Bn a Month

44%. To $9,800,000,000 a month?

It sure is a good thing this Administration isn't interested in education or healthcare or retirement security or the environment or child welfare or anything, because we can't afford thos any more.

Let's hope the next Administration (and the one after that and the one after that and the one after that and the one after that) are equally uninterested in investing in America. They won't be able to afford it, either.

So, I turn to One, Two, Three, What Are We Fighting For?

And get no relief.

The US is the strongest military power in the world; we spend more on defense than all of our competitors combined. Nonetheless, the Iraqi venture has pointed out glaring weaknesses in our defense posture. The entire world has seen the Bush Administration override sound military advice-the number of troops necessary for an effective occupation-for political purposes. They have seen America make a series of bad decisions indicating that while we may be strong, we are not very smart.

Some of us are smart. We just don't have any power.

The second negative side-affect has been to weaken our commitment to domestic security. After 9/11, there were a number of reports-most notably that of the 9/11 commission-that suggested common-sense steps that needed to be taken to reduce the probability of another major terrorist attack. Most of these steps have not been taken-scanning all incoming cargo containers being a prime example. Part of this failure can be attributed to the incompetence of the Bush Administration, but a major portion is due to the fact that money that should be allocated to nuts-and-bolts homeland security is being spent in Iraq.

$9.8 billion a month doesn't buy as much security as it used to.

In the meantime, Predictions of a better Middle East have evaporated three years after invasion

And while those of you with holes in your socks are going to be exposed by TSA if you try to get on a plane, toting bomb-making materials through security isn't that big of a risk.

Nope. $9.8 billion a month doesn't buy much security.

Posted by AnneZook at 06:55 PM


to look at it another way:

if i were to shave off that little .8 billion...and then set aside a mere 1/100th of that...i could set up myself and seven other families with kids that i know to not have to work for another day in our lives.

i have an uninsured emergency room bill of $1500 that's got me scrambling. hell, seeing as how that's only 1/1,200,000th of what they're spending, i wonder why they can't help a fellow out.

Posted by: r@d@r at March 19, 2006 10:51 AM

Don't be silly. We can't afford to pay for health care. That's money that could go to bullets!

Posted by: Anne at March 21, 2006 08:19 AM