27 March 2007

Finally Iraq is Vietnam

I did not think Iraq would become another Vietnam. But with the micromanagement of the war by politicians in Washington D.C. and a media machine bent on spinning the war against the president they despise, they have finally achieved what they have wanted for the last four years.

I am utterly disgusted by the way the Washington D.C. is playing politics with the supplemental spending bill. First, the bill is loaded with so much excess spending that has nothing to do with the military. Peanut storage? NASA exploration capabilities? What are they thinking in Washington D.C.? Can they not pass a bill that only focuses on one thing? Second, a timetable for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq is an utter slap in the face to the troops, to the American people, and to the Iraqis. I did not agree with the war in Iraq, but I see now that we must do our utmost best to provide every opportunity for a stable Iraq. It is unbelievable that the people in Washington D.C. are so deluded to think that by pulling out the civil war will stop. We must provide security for the tensions to dissipate; otherwise there can be no hope in Iraq. My only hope is that the President vetoes this ridiculous and obviously politically partisan supplemental spending bill. Maybe then the idiots in Washington D.C. can actually put politics aside and just get it done without the wasteful pork and a timetable that is only suited to the politics of Capital Hill and not the streets of Iraq.

This bill is a potpourri of programs that have nothing to do with defense. Here is a “short” list of the completely unrelated items put into this bill:

  • Milk Income Loss Contract Program
  • Peanut Storage Costs
  • Losses due to Aphis Emergency Order
  • Architect of the Capital
  • Payment to Widows and Heirs of Deceased Members of Congress
  • U.S. Geological Survey
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • National Park Service
  • Department of Interior
  • Minimum Wage Increase and Small Business Tax Relief
  • Educational and Cultural Programs
  • International Broadcasting Operations
  • USAID Child Survival and Health Programs Fund
  • International Disaster and Famine Assistance
  • Operating Expenses for USAID
  • NASA Exploration Capabilities
  • Bilateral Economic Assistance Economic Support Fund
  • Assistance for Eastern Europe and the Baltic States
  • International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement
  • Migration and Refuge Assistance
  • Hurricane Disaster Relief and Recovery
  • NOAA Administration operations, research, and facilities

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