Can America Afford All Its Wars?
Remember Osama bin Laden ?
A 'real' terrorist from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (for so long ruled so ruthlessly by the best of BushCo's Royal family friends), and most definitely not from either Iraq or Iran.
A truly terrible, mayhem making madman - who Saddam Hussein couldn't bear, wouldn't wear, and 'saw off' so many times - in no uncertain terms.
What a pity so many people have so plainly forgotten so much, in such a short time.
Well, we haven't.
Nor has Mister Eric Margolis.
The still elusive Osama bin Laden, who said the only way to expel US influence from the Muslim World was to bleed the US financially, must be beaming over the success of his grand strategy.Now, while we've often found ourselves at odds with some of Eric's own opinions, we've never found fault with his fantastic flair for fact finding, nor with his amazing inborn ability to always amalgamate same - in his so well put together and so easy to understand, prime journalistic pieces.
More from Margolis.
And there's more.
The US government has just estimated that President George Bush’s occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq, and his so-called `war on terror,’ will cost at least $690 billion by the end of next year.
That’s more than the total cost to America of World War I, the Korean War, or Vietnam, and second only to the $2 trillion cost of World War II (in current dollars).
The whole sordid story of the 100,000 `private contractors’ employed by the US in Iraq has only begun to emerge. According to the US Government Accountability Office, at least 48,000 of these – let’s use the correct term, mercenaries - are private gunmen working for hundreds of shadowy US military corporations like Blackwater and Vinnell.Then there's this.
These heavily-armed desperados are a law unto themselves and under no supervision. Some of these mercenaries make US $1,000 daily in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The White House wants to help pay for its foreign wars by slashing spending on health and seniors.
While the Washington DC police no longer dare patrol crime-infested southern parts of America’s capitol, President Bush and VP Cheney are sending the 82nd Airborne Division to try to pacify Baghdad.
If this isn’t the extreme theater of the absurd, I don’t know what is.
* Yup. All those born with brains knew it all along.