Wednesday, April 27, 2011

letter to my brother

Re: Mitt Romney:

from his op-ed piece in The Union Leader:
"Barack Obama is facing a financial emergency on a grander scale. Yet his approach has been to engage in one of the biggest peacetime spending binges in American history."

so, Mitt Romney thinks we are in peacetime........does that give you cause to reflect on his political aspirations? Seems to me, if he fails to recognize the fact that we have been in two wars for over, what, 10 years now? he may be having a little problem with reality......

or maybe he just hasn't read this report:

The Cost of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other
Global War on Terror Operations Since 9/11
Amy Belasco
Specialist in U.S. Defense Policy and Budget
September 2, 2010

Total War Funding by Operation
Based on DOD estimates and budget submissions, the cumulative total for funds appropriated
from the 9/11 attacks through the FY2010 Supplemental Appropriations Acts for DOD,
State/USAID and VA for medical costs for the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and enhanced security is
$1,121 billion including:
• $751 billion for Iraq;
• $336 billion for Afghanistan;
• $29 billion for enhanced security; and
• $6 billion unallocated (see Table 1).1
Of this total, 67% is for Iraq, 30% for Afghanistan, 3% for enhanced security and 1/2%
unallocated. Almost all of the funding for Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) is for Afghanistan.

On the other hand, much of America also seems to 'forget' that we are at war.  I think on this often: for most people, the war doesn't seem to exist. It's over there, unless they have someone in the service who's being sent on tour after tour after tour, they seem oblivious to the reality of war. How many are dying, how much it's costing us, how much it's adding to our national debt, how much it's going to cost to heal the many wounded.
Of course then, there's the Donald's solution to this: telling a reporter that we need to abandon all pretense and go in and seize the Iraqi oil fields and use them to pay us back for the war costs. [He pooh-poohed the idea that it would cost even more to defend those fields once seized, as if the insurgents would just cease to exist once we put our ownership on the fields).

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