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(WPRI Rhode Island)   As we try to find $85 billion in cuts to meet the "sequester", here's a timely report that concludes that the $60 billion we spent re-constructing Iraq, was basically all wasted, to say nothing of the $767 billion we spent DE-constructing it   (wpri.com) divider line 16
    More: Sad, Iraq, President of Iraq, Deputy Secretary of State, Maliki, Iraqi security forces, Sunni Muslims, infighting, gas pipelines  
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2013-03-06 12:17:25 PM
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Well, duh. Warfare is basically very large-scale armed robbery.

In this case, we assembled a crack team of con men, safecrackers, drivers, and professional crooks, but instead of robbing three Vegas casinos, we knocked over a 7-11 that had already made its deposit for the day.
2013-03-06 11:55:44 AM
3 votes:
Remember, guys, Democrats are big spenders and Republicans are fiscally responsible.
2013-03-06 11:07:51 AM
3 votes:
Republicans are fiscal conservatives.
2013-03-06 11:32:52 AM
2 votes:
But sending pallet loads of cash into an unstable, ethnically divided country with no functioning government seemed like such a good idea at the time.

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2013-03-06 03:16:06 PM
1 votes:

MattStafford: SixPaperJoint: Everyone here knows you are a liar and an imbecile, god knows why you keep posting, but you finally seem to have a point.

The "left" cares about jobs. Though the easily graspable nuances of Keynesian Economics are hopelessly lost on you, they are not on all.

The left and, sadly by extension, the Democrats care about jobs and economic recovery.

The sequester does neither for those thanks for admitting that.

Oh yeah,,,,,Plonk

If the only thing that gets out of a recession is Keynesian stimulus spending on things like MIC jobs, the moment you cut that spending - ceteris paribus of course - you'll end up right back in that recession.


Where'd you get that economics degree from again? Hollywood Upstairs Economics College?
2013-03-06 02:58:02 PM
1 votes:

Slaves2Darkness: we don't need his much military to dominate the world.


People still fighting with sticks and arrows are missing the next generation of war and will be left behind.
2013-03-06 01:11:50 PM
1 votes:

Bareefer Obonghit: The only number that you need to remember is 9/11. Never forget.


Only time will tell if the money and blood we spent in Iraq and Afganistan was worth it.  There were plenty of mistakes made but Saddam and his sons were completely insane and there were terrorist training camps in Iraq.  We fought for months to get control of Samarra and Ramadi.  We have not had another 9/11 type attack in 12 years and let's hope it stays that way.  Al Qaeda did not die with Saddam or OBL, but you have to know that the war in Iraq and Afganistan has played a huge roll in disrupting the operations of the terrorist groups.
2013-03-06 01:11:49 PM
1 votes:
Do you know how much it costs to bring freedom people, really? I mean it comes in small parcels weighing 500lbs for starters, do you realize the shipping costs involved with that?
2013-03-06 12:57:34 PM
1 votes:

DamnYankees: If we've learned anything from the past few years, it's that the years 2001 to 2009 didn't happen. Everyone was on vacation.


Iraq invited us.  Punch was served!

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2013-03-06 12:35:29 PM
1 votes:

Rev.K: My God, how f*cking retarded do you have to be to go along with that asinine bit of "logic"?


That quote comes from his testimony to the US Congress at the time, so there's your answer.
2013-03-06 12:28:37 PM
1 votes:

JesusJuice: Trying to "reconstruct" Iraq was always a waste of time, they're not ready culturally to enter the modern world. It would make more sense to deconstruct them back to thethe bronze ageage so their technological sophistication matches their cultural sophistication.


I see someone else who's "not ready culturally to enter the modern world" but no one's suggesting you should be blown up.
2013-03-06 12:23:51 PM
1 votes:
But even still, MIC cuts are fought by the left because it will result in job losses.
2013-03-06 12:19:04 PM
1 votes:

FuturePastNow: Well, duh. Warfare is basically very large-scale armed robbery.

In this case, we assembled a crack team of con men, safecrackers, drivers, and professional crooks, but instead of robbing three Vegas casinos, we knocked over a 7-11 that had already made its deposit for the day.


We were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off...
2013-03-06 12:05:22 PM
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"There's a lot of money to pay for this. It doesn't have to be U.S. taxpayer money. We are dealing with a country that can really finance its own reconstruction, and relatively soon."  -- Paul Wolfowitz, March 2003.
2013-03-06 11:55:35 AM
1 votes:
I am pretty sure we had all agreed not to talk about this.
2013-03-06 11:54:27 AM
1 votes:
The only number that you need to remember is 9/11. Never forget.
 
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