Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Success In Iraq- Are We There Yet?

The president has requested an additional 46 billion (yes that is billion with a "B") in order to fund his failure of a foreign policy. I once had a Ford Escort that would cost me a few bucks a month in burning oil, then the tie rods went bad, then the transmission went, and when the head gasket blew for the second time I said, "enough", the machine is costing more then its usefulness. This is a good analogy of the Bush foreign policy.

The Yahoo version of the article can be found here.

Let us put this into logical perspective. Since I do so love logic. There are 300 million men women and children legally residing in the United States. That is million with an "M". If we were to break that down, with the new request, it would bring the amount spent on "liberating Iraq", "Hunting down and bringing to justice the perpetrators of 9/11", "brining peace between Israel and Palestine, and "ridding Iraq, Iran, and North Korea of their nuclear capabilities" to $1,666 per person. Me personally I would like the 5 grand for my family and let me defend them from terrorist myself. But if you can’t do that, I would accept a clearly typed, pie charted, and itemized list of where each penny is going.

Rounding up, 200 Billion dollars will be requested to support 130,000 troops in Iraq and 30,000 troops in Afghanistan. If we divide that out it would mean 200 billion would be dispersed to 160 thousand. It figures out to be 1 and a quarter million dollars per soldier ($1,250,000). I wonder if I am too old to join. I had no clue they were paying so well.

The "rocket scientist in chief" said, "Our men and women on the front lines should not be caught in the middle of partisan disagreements in Washington." I couldn’t agree more. The only way to stop that now would be to remove, "the front line". Bring the troops home.

Anther brilliant line utter by this moron was, "I recognize their position and they should make their views heard. But they ought to make sure our troops have what it takes to succeed." Hey buddy, it isn’t money that is lacking for success, it is A) a hard fast definition of what success is and B) a clear plan on how to achieve that defined goal that is missing. This would be equivalent to getting in a car with somebody who won’t tell you where they are going, or keeps changing their destination, and having them condemn you for not giving them gas money to get to where they want to go. Then you find out they don’t even have a map.

Back to that itemized list. Go ahead and throw in a list for all tax dollars spent. So along with the $1,666 per person spent securing me, include the 67 billion dollars (or $216 per person) spent on education. We won’t be even 1/8th as smart as we are secure. Include the amounts spent on patrolling the borders, researching heart and kidney disease, and the amount rendered to encourage law enforcement. It would be nice to see how much of the law enforcement budget is spent investigating prudery and treason charges at the national level too. I'll be expecting my copy in the mail.

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