G-dub is asking for another $46 billion to fund the war in Iraq, bringing the total to over half a trillion dollars. A half a trillion dollars. To most of us, a half a trillion dollars is absolutely an incomprehensible sum. It could’ve paid a thousand kings’ ransoms. Instead, it’s paid for a lot of murder and destruction, and there’s no end in sight.
One trillion dollars could buy a lot of bling,
One trillion dollars could buy most anything,
One trillion dollars buying bullets, buying guns,
One trillion dollars in the hands of killers, thugs
— Anti-Flag, “1 Trillion Dollar$”
Douchebags on the other side of the aisle are lamenting the conundrum presented by “the troops”, who they insist need resources to accomplish their mission. Well, if you’re against the war, you sorta kinda have to be at least apathetic towards the troops: bring them home, and you don’t need to worry about jeopardizing them with inadequate funding. But, these are douchebag politicians we’re talking about, so the “anti-war” stuff is just posturing. Funding the war in the name of “the troops” allows them to straddle the fence.
And in case you’re not satisfied with one un-winnable and tremendously expensive war that’s been going on for the better part of a decade, your representatives are getting ready to throw more money at an even more expensive war they’ve been losing for the better part of a century. They’d like to export the war on drugs, to Mexico. Because it worked so fucking well in Afghanistan. Seriously, what exactly does our government have against brown people? It’s not bad enough that we refuse to let them enter our country where they might make a better life for themselves (e.g., Mexico), or that we blow up their family members and villages (e.g., Afghanistan) – we see fit also to destroy the only crops for which those people living in abject third-world poverty are able to secure a meager income? And you wonder why they hate “us”?
America’s chief export is war — and practically all of the countries that “hate us” are running a massive trade deficit in that department.
In other, less sickening news, George Bush declares that he is still relevant. I swear to god I saw this on the Colbert Report last week. Unfortunately, this is not satire.