On Monday President Bush asked for another $46 billion dollars to send down the rat hole of his Iraq and Afghanistan debacles. That makes just about $200 billion dollars for this fiscal year. Two hundred billion dollars. Congress has already ponied up almost half a trillion dollars. Half a trillion. Trillion. A dollar bill is a bit more than 0.1 mm thick. This year’s 200 billion is 2 times 107 meters, or a stack of dollar bills about 200,000 football fields in height, or about a 120 mile stack. That’s just this fiscal year. The estimated total is two and half times this.
For what. Oil. If that much money had been put into alternative energy sources we’d be a good way of the there by now. Instead it is going into bombs and bullets. Bombs and bullets don’t produce anything except destruction and death. But so far it’s been OK with the American public because they’ve been told we have God on our side. Just like the other side thinks they do.
Almost everyone outside the US sees this for what it is. Insanity. As I write this I’m sitting in the concourse of a European airport and I want to scream. What I want to scream is this: NO MORE KILLING IN MY NAME! NO MORE BLOOD FOR OIL IN MY NAME! NO MORE PIOUS EXCUSES FOR A VICIOUS AND MORALLY DEPRAVED POLICY IN MY NAME! NO MORE. NO MORE. NO MORE.
From across the ocean, the United States looks grotesquely distorted, a cruel caricature of itself. Maybe we need even more distance to make this right.
Random resources for those tired of waiting for our elected Congressthings to do what’s right: