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July 14, 2007
The US vs. Iraq - It's a tie


No one wins.

Official: Iraq Gov't Missed All Targets

A progress report on Iraq will conclude that the U.S.-backed government in Baghdad has not met any of its targets for political, economic and other reform [ ]

Other headlines for the same story:

Report says Iraq government hasn't met any of its benchmarks
Official: Report Says Baghdad Lagging
Report on Iraq could hasten change in war strategy
Official: Report to say no 'surge' targets met
Iraq progress report fails to show much improvement
Bush's Iraq Plan Ever Lonelier in Senate
Report: Iraqis missing marks

And, in a related story:

Cost of 2 wars getting steeper

$12 billion spent a month -- and Iraq yet to meet a goal WASHINGTON -- The boost in troop levels in Iraq has increased the cost of war there and in Afghanistan to $12 billion a month, and the total for Iraq alone is nearing a half-trillion dollars, congressional analysts say.

$12b a month? Looks like the articles I read previously were low-balling costs. Iraq is costing us $10b of that sum.

But it makes sense.

Two years ago, the average monthly cost was about $8 billion.

Among the reasons for the higher costs is the cost of repairing and replacing equipment worn out in harsh conditions or destroyed in combat.

Not to mention repairing the people. There's a price on that, too, you know.

Posted by AnneZook at 07:59 AM | Comments (0)
July 09, 2007

Editor&Publisher covers the NYTimes editorial calling for immediate withdrawal from Iraq.

But, of course, to offset that, the NYTimes also has an article announcing that no troop withdrawal is planned right now.

Of course not. They're "surging." Manly men don't think about withdrawal when they're "surging."


P.S. For those of you who found yourselves surging a bit at the reports of the strong U.S. job market? Calm yourselves. They're largely service jobs.

No wonder I'm still unemployed.

To put it plainly, they're not the quality, financially rewarding kinds of jobs that have been lost under this Administration's reign of terror incompetency.

Posted by AnneZook at 09:50 AM | Comments (4)

Speaking of "spending money wisely," I do believe there were a number of us who howled in outrage at the time when the Bush Administration rammed through that pharmaceutical corporation goodie bag, the Medicare prescription drug benefit?

"Hey!" We hollered. "If a company with four employees can get an insurance/prescription drug discount, why can't the federal government cut itself a deal?"

"Yo!" We yelled. "Are you crazy? No one pays retail any more, especially for health care!"

"Stop!" We screamed. "That's just a giveaway, designed to make political supporters rich. The admittedly necessary benefits for seniors can be obtained at a third the cost or maybe even less!"

We howled, we yowled, we complained, and--no one cared.

Now? Comptroller Says Medicare Program Endangers Financial Stability

Turns out, we can't afford unlimited benefits at retail price. Big surprise.

Posted by AnneZook at 09:35 AM | Comments (0)