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Saturday, February 09, 2008

Iraqi War: What is it Good For?

Iraqmire — the gift that keeps on giving. Thanks to our soldiers’ long tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan — and too short a rest period between tours — America’s military readiness has been jeopardized. Our military forces are now less prepared to respond to a new crisis.

The Pentagon wants to improve this situation by forging new partnerships overseas. Aye, there's the rub. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is trying to persuade our European allies (if they can even still be called that) to help us in Afghanistan by sending some of their troops over there. And for some odd reason, they aren't too enthusiastic about that idea.

They’ve already seen what a total disaster Iraq has turned into, and now they won't touch us with a ten foot pole. Even if these European leaders are confusing the Iraqi and Afghanistan wars — as Gates says they are — our credibility is shot. Toast. Finito. Thank you Boozo the Clown.

Let's see, what other gifts has Iraqmire given us? Ah yes, the recession. Yup, the R word — nearly two thirds of us think we’re in one right now. And 68% think the surest way to fix the economy is to pull out of Iraq. (48% said pulling out of Iraq would help “a great deal,” and 20% said it would help “at least somewhat.”)

The idea that pulling out of Iraq, and plugging up that trillion dollar rupture in our treasury, would help the economy — this should fall under the “DUUUHHH” category. But surprisingly (or maybe it isn't surprising), most Republicans think that pulling out of Iraq would not help the economy.

[sigh] where to begin…

cross-posted at Bring It On!

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Blogger Mile High Pixie said...

Oh, wait: could we...use all that Iraq War money to...pay for education and health care? [looking around] You mean, we could do that?

[sits back down again on sofa, reaches into Cheetos bag, turns up volumen on latest episode of "Survivor"]

February 10, 2008 at 11:27 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

What, you mean you want to spend taxpayers' money on communist nonsense like booklarnin' and socialized medicine :)

Nah, we need to keep fighting Tur in every corner of the world. So what if our own country collapses.

February 10, 2008 at 12:12 PM  
Blogger Francis W. Porretto said...

What "two-thirds of us" think has no bearing on reality. A recession is two or more consecutive quarters of negative economic growth, and we haven't even had one yet.

But one can always count on leftists to want to redirect political effort toward nationalizing the economy and away from the defense of freedom.

February 10, 2008 at 12:31 PM  
Blogger LET'S TALK said...

Tom Harper, great report you have here.

I think that we are already in a recession and yes one reason is because of the war in Iraq and this tax cut our President has been giving to the rich during a time of war, big dummy!

All this guy had to do was take a look at his history and he would have found out that never, never have this country been able to go through a war and give tax cuts at the same time.

He could have taken a look at Russia and how the war in Afghanistan and trying to keep up with the nuclear race brought them down.

After the Clinton eight years, this country was in a surplus and look at us now under this President, who was supposed to have some type of business knowledge.

Sorry I forgot that every business he tried fail, but he came out of them smelling like a rose with money to boot somehow.

The next President will have their hands full trying to undo this mess this President has brought this country to and anyone who do not understand that is in the same boat as he....sinking, except he will rise smelling like a rose while everyone who cannot afford this who follows his bull we be smelling like cow manure.

February 10, 2008 at 2:31 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Well, Francis W., if you think our trillion-dollar catastrophe in Iraq is "defense of freedom," we probably don't have much to talk about.

Let's Talk: You're right, all Bush had to do was read a history book. Even recent history: like you said, Russia's invasion of Afghanistan was their own undoing. The international Islamic hatred they stirred up, their arms race agaisnt the U.S. -- they imploded, just like we're about to do if we don't change course quickly.

And yes, whoever the next president is will have an incredibly difficult job trying to undo Bush's legacy.

February 10, 2008 at 3:25 PM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

Fine, pull out of Iraq. You know damn well we're fighting them there so we don't have to fight them over here.

Which we could do if we pulled out of Iraq, assuming Al-Qaeda decided to invade the United States with their monstrous army of goatherders.

February 10, 2008 at 4:21 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Randal: Yes you're right, I guess our fight for freedom in Iraq is more important than I thought. What was I thinking?

Al Qaeda might hijack an international flight. They could ride in style all the way from London to the Empire State Building or the Pentagon. Oh my God -- more troops!

February 10, 2008 at 4:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"And 68% think the surest way to fix the economy is to pull out of Iraq."

I believe John McCain will disagree with this statistic. Why? Because the opinion of the American people does not matter. By pulling out of Iraq, we are surrending. So at this point, we have two options. a)Surrender and fix our economy or b)Stay in Iraq and fight them over there so we do not have to fight them on our front-porch and the economy suffers.

I think A is the better choice but that question wasn't on the SAT so I'm taking a wild guess.

About the recession, I'll have to quote my boss on this one. "It's only a recession if you think we are in a recession. If it doesn't affect you, why worry." You gotta love the American conscience, if it doesn't affect me why should I care.


February 10, 2008 at 4:41 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jo: I also will choose A). I say we become a surrender monkey and have an economy that works and an infrastructure that isn't crumbling.

Interesting quote about the recession. I remember this comedy skit a long time ago; somebody was imitating Richard Nixon. "Nixon" was asked how to determine if we're in a recession or not, and he said "mostly it depends on whether or not you have a job. And, fellow Americans, I am working."

February 10, 2008 at 4:48 PM  
Blogger Larry said...

How else can we be scuddled into Martial Law, which will evolve into the New World Order if not for the act of needless wars.

February 10, 2008 at 8:33 PM  
Blogger Lizzy said...

DUHHHHHHHH, indeed!!!

February 10, 2008 at 9:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Goddamn you Tom!

Have you ever heard of the Domino Theory? If those Suicide Bombing, Islam Loving, Terrorist Win in Iraq, then the other peace loving, Christian countries (and their Oil Supplying Allies) that worship liberty are going to fall one by one.

Then they will be right at our shores and peaceniks like you are going to paint your faces, wear headbands and put flowers in their AK-47's and RPG's.

Well I'm going to sit there and laugh as they use a lot of ammo to blow your type to bits then me and the boys from the minutemen are flying over the hills in our Jeeps and drive them all the way to the land of Milk, Honey and 1000 Virgins.

Would serve you right!


February 10, 2008 at 10:20 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Larry: Yup, coming soon to a country near you.

Lizzy: But be nice now. Sometimes Republicans have to be walked through the simple things that are obvious to everyone else.

Erik: Ah yes, the Domino Theory. How could I forget? After all, I lived through that terrible period when the entire Western world fell to the Communists. And it was all because America wimped out and left Vietnam before they finished the job. I guess I haven't learned anything.

But I scored some righteous hash, man, and when those Islamic pigs come to our country to kill us, I'll give them some hash and a few microdots, and it'll all be groovy man.

February 10, 2008 at 11:42 PM  
Blogger anna said...

Never pull out!! Unless your screwing Iraq that is.


War sucks. Especially wars that are unwarranted invasions and will only create more wack job terrorists.

February 11, 2008 at 7:45 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Anna: But just think, if George Bush Senior had pulled out at a certain crucial moment, we wouldn't have a Dumbya.

February 11, 2008 at 10:05 AM  

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