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23 May, 2009

Hello World War III

Congress rushes $110 million to Pakistani refugees of the U.S. “War on Terror” as Barack O'Bomber forces Pakistan into a civil war:,0,1555718.story

It's very strange that he didn't look that stupid when he was "running" for president. "That guy" fooled us all. Which begs the question, does anyone really "run" for president? Or are they all just controlled by the man behind the curtain?

Wait. Am I reading the below article correctly? Does it really say "wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan"?

Senate O.K.'s $91 Billion in War Funds

The Senate approved $91 billion in funding for the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan yesterday, with all senators but three voting for the bill. This, along with a House vote last week in favor of $97 billion, seals the deal for the Obama administration's first supplemental war spending request. The no-strings-attached legislation comes as a deep disappointment to progressive members of Congress, as well as to antiwar voters, many of whom hoped the Obama administration would mark a significant break with Bush-style war funding.

"If this were another Bush supplemental, progressives would definitely call it a blank check," Travis Sharp, military policy analyst for the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, told Truthout. "There are no benchmarks for progress in either the House or Senate bills. I found the House Appropriations Committee's justification for not including benchmarks to be comical: 'so-called benchmarks ... if they are too tough will bind the President's hands.' That's precisely the same language Republicans used to use to argue against Democratic attempts to place restrictions on Bush-era supplementals."

With yesterday's vote, Congress has approved more than $900 billion in funding for military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq since the wars began.

Though President Obama has provided a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq, his plan could leave 50,000 troops in Iraq indefinitely, according to a statement by Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wisconsin), one of the three dissenting votes.

The hefty supplemental also indicates that the US occupation of Afghanistan will drag on for quite some time, according to Jeff Leys, co-coordinator for Voices for Creative Nonviolence. Leys notes the allocation of funds for mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles specific to the terrain of Afghanistan, and a boost in spending for the Afghanistan Security forces and Afghanistan base construction.

"All of these point to a long-term expansion of US military operations in Afghanistan," Leys told Truthout.

1 comment:

  1. You mean those slogans of 'hope' and 'change' created by David Axelrod were just propaganda and lies?