Thursday, January 24, 2008

Speaking of cowards…

posted by Bill Arnett @ 10:17 AM Permalink

Check out this article from, stating that the man most responsible for the many and varied problems currently cursing our beloved country won't even provide funds for the war he so passionately and stupidly lied America into:
The White House confirmed Wednesday that its new budget next month will not request a full year’s funding for the war in Iraq, leaving the next president and Congress to confront major cost questions soon after taking office in 2009.

The decision reverses the administration’s stance of just a year ago
, when President Bush’s budget made a point of spelling out in advance what he thought the costs would be for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan for 2008. By comparison, the new budget, to be unveiled Feb. 4, requests only incremental “bridge” funding into 2009 and won’t sustain the military through the full length of the fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30, 2009.[…]

In preparing lawmakers for the new budget, administration officials have argued that the next president should rightfully make these funding decisions, and much still depends on the recommendations of the top commander in Iraq, Army Gen. David Petraeus, whose March report to Congress will influence the pace of future U.S. troop withdrawals.

“A budget is a reflection of military strategy, and we don’t want to prejudge the recommendations of commanders,” a White House budget official said in explaining the decision. But the end result is also that the new budget will understate the long-term costs of the war at a time when the government faces growing deficit problems, given the troubled economy.

New estimates by the Congressional Budget Office on Wednesday show a worsening situation, with the deficit jumping to at least $250 billion this year and possibly $350 billion once the full costs of the economic stimulus legislation are factored into the equation. The CBO forecast reflects a weaker economy and lower corporate profits but could very well prove optimistic since it was prepared before the recent spike in unemployment and downturn in world markets.[…]

“I think it’s bad policy,” said New Hampshire Sen. Judd Gregg, the ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee and a Bush ally on the war. “You ought to let there be some transparency. We should be honest about where we’re spending in all areas, but especially in supporting the troops.” [Isn't this statement indicative of how dishonest is our government? Bill]

Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.), a leading critic of the war and chairman of the House Appropriations Defense panel, was equally blunt, saying he had urged the Defense Department to be more upfront in the 2009 budget request.

“They want to hide the cost of the war. We figure it’s costing $343 million a day in Iraq. And it’s all borrowed money.”
That's over 14,000,000 dollars an hour, folks.

This shows why bush has always failed almost every endeavor undertaken and ALWAYS needs somebody else to clean up the $hit he has left behind. He's just not a "finisher."

This is also why no country that is military centric and devoted to world domination ever survives for long unless they abandon these most base and foul motives.

How many could we feed, house, provide medical care to, and educate with $343 million dollars a day?

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