Each cruise missile costs 0ne million dollars. Read what it can do to an innocent family.
Thanks to Republican led tax cuts "We the People", the vast majority of Americans will be paying for these weapons.
Chase down this wealth of pertinent links and see why I'm done blogging for the day. There is too much reading to do. From tax cuts for the richest 2% to pronouncements that the Constitution can be watered down in time of war- there is a bunch to get background on. I've hardly touched the sidebar having been overwhelmed by Buzzflash alone.
I'll drop a line when I come up for air.
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This is our President- a year ago, quoted from "Time magazine online"
F___ Saddam. We're taking him out." Those were the words of President George W. Bush, who had poked his head into the office of National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice. It was March 2002, and Rice was meeting with three U.S. Senators, discussing how to deal with Iraq through the United Nations, or perhaps in a coalition with America's Middle East allies. Bush wasn't interested. He waved his hand dismissively, recalls a participant, and neatly summed up his Iraq policy in that short phrase. The Senators laughed uncomfortably; Rice flashed a knowing smile. The President left the room.
A year later, Bush's outburst has been translated into action, as cruise missiles and smart bombs slam into Baghdad. But the apparent simplicity of his message belies the gravity at hand. Sure, the outcome is certain: America will win the war, and Saddam will be taken out. But what is unfolding in Iraq is far bigger than regime change or even the elimination of dangerous weapons. The U.S. has launched a war unlike any it has fought in the past. This one is being waged not to defend against an enemy that has attacked the U.S. or its interests but to pre-empt the possibility that one day it might do so. The war has turned much of the world against America.
Where's the Gravitas? Sounds like a fratboy to me. A fratboy that watched too many videotapes and knocked back a few too many when he should have been studying. A mediocre fratboy spoiled by Poppy. I suppose we can extrapolate, due to Mr Bush's dismissive nature concerning the involvement of the UN and a true coalition of allies he is also saying "F___ the International community and International Law". A mediocre fratboy that still recieves the benefits of family name and connections and the corporate money and influence that his party rules by.
I can imagine this information as a Karl Rove release to nail down Mr Bush's macho, go-it-alone tuff guy image when reality shows he was AWOL from a cushy Air National Guard placement and the sport he showed the most prowess in was cheerleading. I have nothing against cheerleading, I'm just pointing out it doesn't go with the "down home" Texas 'product' that we are sold.
A fratboy attitude is a sad thing in a young person. A fratboy attitude held by a world leader, on the world stage is an inexcusable liability that has cost many lives already and sadly will cost many more before this is over. A destabilized world, an America besmirched as an aggressor rather than being a diplomatic state working from a position of right are a shameful legacy to leave to the coming generations.
( Thanks to Blah3 for the link )
Let's go here to see just who is in the "Coalition of the Willing" and how much manpower and support they offer the 'cause'. Looks to be a Coalition alrighty, I mean it seems that a bunch of countries signed on, as it were. But it also seems a bit misleading; Australia sending 2000 troops and the other 548 who are not US or UK citizens are from Albania, Poland and Rumania. Where is our good buddy Spain? What gives? If we are a coalition some 40 strong where is the cooperation, the resources from our aforesaid Allies?
A Thank You to Wage Slave Journal for this source. I've linked to Wage Slave Journal's 'Scorecard of Evil' before.