Friday, July 31, 2015

Obama: Wikileaks will not deter my plans to squander billions on a pointless war

Obama: Wikileaks will not deter my plans to squander billions on a pointless war

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Yep, this is the guy I voted for:

“While I’m concerned about the disclosure of sensitive information from the battlefield that could potentially jeopardize individuals or operations, the fact is these documents don’t reveal any issues that haven’t already informed our public debate on Afghanistan,” Mr. Obama said to reporters in the Rose Garden.

"These documents" basically show that at key times in Afghanistan we're not sure who our friends or enemies are -- except of course for the thousands of new enemies that have been created by the accidential killings of innocent civilians. In other words, nothing to stop Obama from rushing to get $33 billion more that we don't currently have for the war, and those lock-step Republicans who seem to think every other governmental function is not in the Constitution but that fighting a war that doesn't really seem to be in America's interest 11,000 miles away is a perfectly legitimate and good way to boost the debt.

Meanwhile, from Rep. Raul Grijalva (who's fast becoming my favorite congressman) and 17 colleagues:

Once again, war is being paid for with a credit card while investments in our children’s future are tossed aside. These investments – $10 billion for teacher jobs, $1 billion for summer youth employment, $5 billion for Pell grants, $701 million for border security – were cut from the war funding bill coming to the House floor despite being fully paid for and not adding to the budget deficit. They have been jettisoned in favor of further borrowed war spending. Today’s bill doesn’t include anything to maintain first responder, police or firefighter positions despite the dramatic need for those jobs in every community in America. We believe this is fiscal insanity and a moral tragedy.

As the late great Edwin Starr once said...good God, y'all!

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