Thursday, June 03, 2004

Twelve Questions for Shrub...

Tom Tomorrow originally referenced this article as "Twelve Simple Questions for the President"... but I'm thinking that gives Shrub far too much credit.

Here's just one of the questions:

8. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the war and occupation in Iraq by 130,000 U.S. troops now costs close to $5 billion per month, or $60 billion a year. So far the war has cost American taxpayers $186 billion in direct military expenses. You've asked for another $425 billion in defense appropriations for the 2005 Pentagon budget, plus another $75 billion for Iraq, $25 billion for the development of new generations of nuclear weapons, and untold billion for such things as military pensions and veterans' health care. Not included in these figures are the multibillions in secret amounts spent on the CIA and other intelligence activities, not to speak of other Department of Defense "black budget" activities kept out of the appropriations process. Where is all this money going to come from? Why is our government putting all this money on the tab for future generations to deal with?

Tom Engelhardt has assembled this article, full of points and insights you might not have thought of after watching a couple years of FoxNews! (And here's hoping you haven't been doing that...)

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