Cost of the War in Iraq
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Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Why I Didn't Watch the President's Iraq Speech 

I refused to waste my time watching Bush's speech about Iraq at Ft. Bragg last night. Aside from finding him painful to watch most of the time, I knew exactly what the major content of the speech would be. We all did. We've heard it over and over and over.

I couldn't tell you the order of the ideas or which precise words he would use, but I knew that it would consist of:

Freedom, staying the course, path to victory, 9/11, 9/11, democracy, liberation, human quest, God, 9/11, 9/11, 9/11, war on terrorism, fight over there, support the troops, 9/11, world is better off without Saddam and his gassing, mass graves, weapons, bad intentions, America is a great country, 9/11, no cutting and running, the terrorists won't defeat us, 9/11 . . . .

I intend sometime, maybe, to read the speech to see which concepts or catch phrases I missed. From what I heard today about his speech, I was right.

This guy has absolutely nothing new to say. How could he? He's denied any mistakes or wrongdoing despite stacks of evidence to the contrary. Why would anyone think that Bush's speech last night would depart from the same old schtick given his record?

The cost of this tragic invasion of Iraq has been, what, hundreds of billions of dollars? BILLIONS! And the progress we get with that amount of money is increased insurgency and rising numbers of injured US troops. Oh, don't forget the billions of dollars the US sent to Iraq to pay contractors and others that remain missing.

Can't wait to see what "progress" the additional billions of dollars the US is expected to spend will buy.

Friday, June 10, 2005

Some democracy 

Check out this story.

Some Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee invoked some rule and were able to get a panel of witnesses on matters surrounding the reauthoirzation of portions of the Patriot Act that are scheduled to sunset. The committee chairman, Rep. Sensenbrenner, ended the hearing on his own, in violation of house rules, and in the face of two committee members requests to speak.

(Video is here. A must see.)

Ick. Hastert in Vermont 

Looks like Bernie's run for Jim Jeffords' Senate seat has Republicans excited about the House race. US Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert paid a visit to Vermont to fund raise. My guess is that the visit wasn't publicized to avoid protestors outside the residence where the fundraiser took place. Read more below.
Times Argus

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