Sunday, November 18, 2007

Think Progress reports on "progress" in Iraq

This lays it out rather nicely...

Crude oil prices have doubled, the price of gas has skyrocketed, our elected "leaders" have pushed even more debt onto the backs of our generation and future generations while the situation in Iraq has deteriorated as well. This, despite the fact that we pour more than $2 billion per week for this war.

I heard one reporter point out that this war has cost the equivalent of $400 per minute since the birth of Christ.

Combine this with the fact that desertion rates are the highest in the Army since 1980, an 80 percent increase since the United States invaded Iraq in 2003, Veteran suicide rates are twice as high as the rest of society, and soldiers are significantly more likely to experience a mental health problem, the rosy picture Chickenhawks like Congresswoman Bachmann like to paint about "progress" in Iraq seems to pail in comparison to what is really happening.

Why is the mainstream media failing to inform the American public of what is really going on in Iraq and with our Veterans?

Whatever happened to fiscal conservatives who "support the taxpayer"? Congresswoman Bachmann touts her role as a friend of the taxpayer but supports wasting billions of dollars per week in the quagmire in Iraq?

At least Bob Olson gets it! Unlike others seeking the DFL nomination who have stated that they would support the war in Iraq "based on the information available at the time", Bob stands by his belief that this war has always been wrong and will work tirelessly to support our nations Veterans.

1 comment:

RoseCovered Glasses said...

I am a 2 tour Vietnam Veteran who recently retired after 36 years of working in the Defense Industrial Complex on many of the weapons systems being used by our forces as we speak.

Politicians make no difference.

We have bought into the Military Industrial Complex (MIC). If you would like to read how this happens please see:

http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2007/03/spyagency200703

http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2007/11/halliburton200711

Through a combination of public apathy and threats by the MIC we have let the SYSTEM get too large. It is now a SYSTEMIC problem and the SYSTEM is out of control. Government and industry are merging and that is very dangerous.

There is no conspiracy. The SYSTEM has gotten so big that those who make it up and run it day to day in industry and government simply are perpetuating their existance.

The politicians rely on them for details and recommendations because they cannot possibly grasp the nuances of the environment and the BIG SYSTEM.

So, the system has to go bust and then be re-scaled, fixed and re-designed to run efficiently and prudently, just like any other big machine that runs poorly or becomes obsolete or dangerous.

This situation will right itself through trauma. I see a government ENRON on the horizon, with an associated house cleaning.

The next president will come and go along with his appointees and politicos. The event to watch is the collapse of the MIC.

For more details see:

http://rosecoveredglasses.blogspot.com/2007/02/warped-priorities.html