The Corpus Callosum

Another Reason to be Anti-War

I don’t think there is anyone left in the USA who seriously believes
that the war in Iraq was a good idea.  Most accept it as fact,
that lies were told to get the public on board with the war, and that
war crimes have been committed.  

It is clear at this point that the only motive for this was was profit.
 It certainly had nothing to do with national security.
 Although the war could have been led with an humanitarian
goal (to free the people of Iraq from a dictator), that clearly was
never the intent.

But what I’m writing about today is different.  Today, we see
that the Administration is not serious about their supposed commitment
to support the troops.  I found this link on the href="http://www.oldamericancentury.org/index.htm">Project
for the Old American Century
site, to a post on e
Pluribus Media
:

href="http://scoop.epluribusmedia.org/story/2006/8/9/65126/03285"
class="story_title">A Military Bled Dry: The Budget
Shortfall Crisis

by ilona
Wed Aug 09, 2006 at 06:51:26 AM EST

Congress will be breaking to go on a month-long vacation.

Defense Appropriations Committees have been busily trying to reduce
costs as the $6 billion monthly price tag of the Iraq War bleeds our
Treasury and their budgets dry. With each passing year, as the Bush
administration attempts to fulfill its promise to cut the federal
deficit in half, we can expect to see much more of this. There’s always
plenty of money at the Pentagon for weapons and airplanes and star wars
and spying programs. Never enough money for those they send out to
fight their wars…

Congress appears ready to slash funding for the research and treatment
of brain injuries caused by bomb blasts…House and Senate versions of
the 2007 Defense appropriation bill contain $7 million for the Defense
and Veterans Brain Injury Center — half of what the center received
last fiscal year…

At e Pluribus Unum, the author has done a
nice job of expanding on the subject of brain injury, and showing why
it is such a travesty for Congress to propose cutting the budget for
the Veterans Brain Injury Center.  Be sure to check out this href="http://scoop.epluribusmedia.org/story/2006/8/8/15479/79029">additional
link, from their site, in which they review the connection
between traumatic brain injury, and posttraumatic stress disorder.
 Together, the two posts are quite comprehensive.  I
don’t need to expand upon them.  I’ll merely point out the
obvious: this proposed budget is a slap in the face to every veteran,
and every active service person in the country.

So this is yet another reason to be anti-war.  We have a
government that will send other people’s kids into harm’s war, then not
spend a lousy few million bucks to make sure they get decent care for
the head injuries that inevitably will result.

Comments

  1. #1 Rob Knop
    August 18, 2006

    I don’t think there is anyone left in the USA who seriously believes that the war in Iraq was a good idea.

    Don’t get out much?

    There are a lot of people out there who still have the “W” stickers on their car and who still swallow that it was all part of the global war on terrorism.

    Lots of people still believe that.

    Lots of people also believe that the world is only 6,000 years old. (Or, 10,000, as a creationist member of a talk audience corrected me once.)

    -Rob

  2. #2 ebohlman
    August 19, 2006

    IIRC, 40% of Americans believe we should still be in Iraq. Of course, some of them almost certainly believe that the war was a bad idea but that pulling out at this point would be a worse one, but I haven’t seen any breakdowns.

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