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Remind Me Again; Who’s Paying For Iraq?

August 6th, 2008 | by Windspike |

Our economy is in the toilet and Iraq is looking at an enormous surplus?

Soaring oil prices will leave the Iraqi government with a cumulative budget surplus of as much as $79 billion by year’s end, according to an American federal oversight agency. But Iraq has spent only a minute fraction of that on reconstruction costs, which are now largely borne by the United States.

Remind me again; Who’s side are the Iraqi’s on? How much is this “Global War on Terror costing the American people? You can look here, or here. Either way, you have to wonder how the Bush Administration got our National Priorities all twisted around to lace us so tightly to Iraq as the first ever Nation Welfare State covered by another (that’d be USA).

It’s ironic, no? I thought the Republicans were against welfare and other social programs, but it seems like we are married to Iraq and there’s nary a dowry contribution to be found beyond the lives we sucked out of them for the privilege of becoming inextricably linked to the big kitty litter box that is Iraq.

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  1. 2 Responses to “Remind Me Again; Who’s Paying For Iraq?”

  2. By Badtux on Aug 6, 2008 | Reply

    The big issue here is that the “sovereign” government of Iraq doesn’t have the *power* to rebuild. The U.S. controls everything they might want to rebuild, and what the U.S. doesn’t control, various militias not under the control of the “government” control.

    My thoughts: Get the fuck out, and let the Iraqis rebuild using Iraqi labor (to deal with their unemployment problem) and Iraqi companies (ditto). Idle hands are the devil’s workshop, and bringing in Filipino workers to “rebuild” is just plain corruption, looting of the U.S. treasury for the benefit of Halliburton, when there’s 60% unemployment in Iraq and plenty of Iraqi construction companies idled for lack of business. Remember “Salaam Pax”? He was a friggin’ architect for an engineering company, remember. The Iraqis aren’t backwards camel jockies, they are the world’s oldest civilization, they had cities when our ancestors were still living in caves wearing smelly flea-ridden animal pelts and bonking each other over the head with wooden clubs.

    – Badtux the Economy Penguin

  3. By Windspike on Aug 7, 2008 | Reply

    Declare victory and then get out. Sounds good. You can teach a man to fish, but if you go and fish for him, he won’t fish for himself. He’ll just get fat off your labor. Indeed, idle hands are the devil’s workshop.

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