Saturday: 02.October.2004

Cost of the War

Several readers sent this link (cost of war.com). Watch your tax dollars being spent, real-time. This is money our government don't even have; it's borrowed money that your kids will have to repay (with interest). Sadly, the numbers don't stop spinning when you close the browser page. And there seems to be no end in sight. Someone is obviously making a lot of money off this war.

Of course, the real cost of this war can't be measured in tax dollars. The notion of a "free Iraq" might represent a lofty ideal, but the reality of the situation on the ground is sadly becoming clear, more so each day. There was obviously a lack of foresight and planning going into this thing.

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I think the president's earlier perceived strength of being resolute has become his biggest liability. His inability to admit mistakes has cost the nation dearly. And the situation only seems to be getting worse.

No, I do not feel this war has been "worth it". For the sake of the soldiers who have died and those who will die tomorrow and the next day, I hope to God I'm wrong. But I think the writing is already there on the wall. I think history will weigh this war in the balance and find it wanting, revealing that our leaders did not do their homework.

I just don't think a nation can impose it's own values (freedom, democracy) on another nation, especially not by military means. Did the Iraqis ever ask us to bring them democracy? Did we ever ask the Iraqis if they would like us to democratize their country?

On a more festive note, there's a great fight tonight at Madison Square Garden. I have a feeling it's gonna be a real brawl and I'd love to see it live, instead of waiting for the HBO rebroadcast next week. If anyone is getting pay-per-view, lemme know. Starts 6PM on the Left coast.

500 years ago, Erasmus said: "War is delightful to those who have no experience of it." It seems this still applies today.





Posted by Rad at October 2, 2004 06:04 AM

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We must face the fact that the capitalists would love
to believe they run this country. It's really those who faught and died! But when will all the dying stop?

Posted by: elp at October 5, 2004 05:09 PM