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three reasons for leaving Iraq post-haste

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1. Blackwater and the other mercenary units.
Hey, This sounds familiar... oh, yeah: Like Bush, Hitler did this, too: Under-pay, under-train, and over-work the regular military while pouring tons of resources into special military units who do not have any real rules or oversight. They called it the SS, a large security and paramilitary organization of the Nazi Party. Hey, those are the same words the press uses to explain our private military contractors (except swap "Nazi Party" for "NeoCon Party")!

I don't think this association is doing us any favors in combating "the terrorists" or spreading freedom and democracy.

2. Our soldiers are being told to use "bait-and-murder" tactics.
Hey, this will help us win the Iraqi hearts and minds, thus creating a domino effect of democracy all across the region!

3. US costs for Bush's Iraq Adventure could top $3 trillion.
To help us all get a better grasp on this incomprehensible cost, let's try a few different angles.

First, let's see it all spelled out. Fully expressed, $3 trillion looks like this: $3,000,000,000,000.00. That's a lot of zeroes.

How about compared to other huge things? Well, the largest thing I can think of offhand is the universe, the totality of all there is. If those dollars were light-years, the cost of this war is a thousand times larger than the known universe.

More practically, it's more than the annual budget of the entire United States Federal government. That pays for everything the US does, including Social Security, highways, food stamps, and a few other things.

In a more personal sense, it comes out to a tidy bill of $10,000.00 per man, woman, and child in our country. Is the CNN adventure-footage worth $10,000.00 to you? I can think of other things on which I'd rather spend that money. Oh, but because we won't pay it off for decades if ever, you can assume that the miracle of compound interst will raise the total amount we pay by at least triple that figure. And, of course, not everyone pays taxes, particularly children, out-of-work people, and others, a significant percentage of those 300 million Americans. So we can safely triple that tripled figure. Let's round it off to a nice $90,000.00

I could pay off my home mortgage for my portion of the bill. Instead of doing my part to pay for the NeoCons' idiotic adventure in Iraq that is ruining our military and our national standing - not to mention destroying the lives of individual soldiers and Iraquis - I could pay off my mortgage. Now my heart is pounding, I'm so angry.


Tell me again: Why are we still pursuing this mis-adventure in Iraq, even with anti-war Congress-critters in office? I just don't understand.




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Oct. 14th, 2007 07:20 pm (UTC)
not everyone pays taxes, particularly ... out-of-work people

Don't people claiming unemployment compensation have to pay federal income tax? I thought Reagan got that through.

The people who really don't pay taxes are the wealthy.
Oct. 14th, 2007 07:29 pm (UTC)
So true.
Oct. 14th, 2007 08:38 pm (UTC)
I wanted to post something about the "Bait and Murder" tactics on my LJ a few days ago, but I was so goddamn disgusted and infuriated, I didn't know what to write.

I still don't, really. I honestly can't fathom how anyone can justify something like that without being either so damn stupid it's a wonder they can breathe on their own, or genuinely moustache-twirling, puppy-kicking, comic-book-villain-level Evil.

And really, I'm not sure which one is more comforting to think about running our country.
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