Wars' cost nears $500B

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The Bush administration said yesterday it will ask Congress for $120 billion more for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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thinking woman

Toledo, OH

#1 Feb 3, 2006
That is about $125,000,000 per death at the Twin Towers.
Who says you can't measure death in $$$$
tax payer

Norwalk, CT

#2 Feb 3, 2006
The President's ill conceived venture into Iraq is scandalous abuse of tax payerís money
bigfoot

United States

#3 Feb 3, 2006
Not to mention the senseless loss of lives on both sides.
Hippy

Port Coquitlam, Canada

#4 Feb 3, 2006
Why doesn't bush pay for the war out of his own pocked since he wanted the war to begin with. While hes payin for it...his daughters should be enlisting and helping to fight the war.....do u not think so people?
Hippy

Port Coquitlam, Canada

#5 Feb 3, 2006
BUSH.........this message is for you. ENLIST those two little drunks you raised to fight this war with everyone else. If you don't then you are a shameless coward bastard who hides behind a wall of death....on your hands.
Yucky bush

Port Coquitlam, Canada

#6 Feb 3, 2006
There is only one way to stop terrorism in north america and that is to stop allowing this race into the country. Then you have no need for a war because they are not destroying our country. Let them destroy their own. I thank god I don't live there. Why the hell should we as a nation be involved in some other nations misery and torture? We have enough of it here in our own land with our own people...that money could have gone to help the hunger out here. But what it did was become a cost. By the way I want to know who paid for the funerals of our soldiers? Did the families or did Bush? I better hear that Bush paid for it. Cause that would be sickening to hear that the families paid. First rule of mistake...immigration.
mark

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

#7 Feb 3, 2006
killing for oil and fame !?
doctor

United States

#8 Feb 3, 2006
i agree if bush whants war he has to pay out of his own g*d d*am money
doctor

United States

#9 Feb 3, 2006
a messege to bush
BUSH dirint you learn your messege when katrina happen weel sintenly you dirint learn your leson because you dirint retrive the soldiers in katrina yea you wasted alot of money in 9/11 that wen you needed money to help your people in katrina you dirint have nothing to help them whith with up my pocket is light o oyea i paid to namy taxes bush why thank you
ricky

United States

#10 Feb 3, 2006
doctor wrote:
i agree if bush whants war he has to pay out of his own g*d d*am money
trueeeeeeeeee
Patriot

Mundelein, IL

#11 Feb 3, 2006
We've had nothing but higher and higher and higher gas prices since the wars began. And now we are seeing higher and higher profits to the oil companies. Maybe they should be asked to pay for the wars that are making them so rich.
Bob the Unbeliever

Tulsa, OK

#12 Feb 3, 2006
Patriot wrote:
We've had nothing but higher and higher and higher gas prices since the wars began. And now we are seeing higher and higher profits to the oil companies. Maybe they should be asked to pay for the wars that are making them so rich.
If we did not live in a democracy, it WOULD be possible to take some of the BILLIONS of $ that just EXON made last year.

Note that this is NET PROFIT, AFTER TAX and such ....

BUT we DO live in a democracy, and people VOTED BUSH INTO OFFICE in 2000 ...(not ME, I voted _against_ the bugger)

You DO reap what you Sow, it seems ...
Lil G

United States

#13 Feb 3, 2006
This "war" gets dirtier and dirtier as we go along. I think enough is enough.

Wouldn't it be great if the international courts brought Bush, Rumsfeld and Cheney to trial? If you really think of it there is a case.

I can't wait til these a$$holes are out of office...the real beauty of our Democracy is that most of the time we can correct our mistakes.
Darwins Stepchild

AOL

#14 Feb 4, 2006
Lil G wrote:
Wouldn't it be great if the international courts brought Bush, Rumsfeld and Cheney to trial? If you really think of it there is a case.
There is a case, though it is rather slim. A case can be made that attacking Iraq was an act of aggression, not an act of defense. I, personally, feel that it was. And, under international law, aggressive war is a war crime.
Bob the Unbeliever

Tulsa, OK

#15 Feb 4, 2006
Darwins Stepchild wrote:
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There is a case, though it is rather slim. A case can be made that attacking Iraq was an act of aggression, not an act of defense. I, personally, feel that it was. And, under international law, aggressive war is a war crime.
I agree.

Why, do you suppose they DID NOT try Sadam in an international court?

But, with the US firmly in control of most of the UN, it is very unlikely that any such trial will/could take place.

We're the 'Big Brother' on the block, it seems.

Since: Feb 06

Location hidden

#16 Feb 4, 2006
Lil G wrote:
I can't wait til these a$$holes are out of office...the real beauty of our Democracy is that most of the time we can correct our mistakes.
Yep, that is what happened to Carter.
Bob the Unbeliever

Tulsa, OK

#17 Feb 4, 2006
Robert Newell wrote:
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Yep, that is what happened to Carter.
LOL! Too True!

Carter's regeme was one of the MOST corrupt, it seems.

Funny, I respect the heck out of Carter, as a person - he is someone who personally tries to put his $ where his mouth is.

Unfortunately, during his pres, his judge of character was severly faulty, and he surrounded himself with corrupt politico's.

The country suffered for much of that, in spite of Carter's humanitarian efforts.

But, people 'woke up' in time, and elected not to run him again.

But, in those days, I do not believe there was so much distance between the Dems and Repubs as there is today, and that compromise was mostly possible. And, mostly civilized.

*sigh* I can only hope that people will 'wake up' again for next time ...

Ironic, isn't it? In THIS day and age, the ability for a given person to truly become informed about the issues is WAY easier, what with 100's of cable channels and the Internet.

In Carter's day, there was only the 'big three' news agencies.

Agencies that were operated NOT FOR PROFIT, mostly, but in the INTERESTS of the PEOPLE. THis was in exchange for the government 'giving' them their FCC licence and control of the TV spectrum.

Whatever happend to that?
CJHG

Mechanicsville, MD

#18 Feb 4, 2006
Bob the Unbeliever wrote:
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LOL! Too True!

Carter's regeme was one of the MOST corrupt, it seems.

Funny, I respect the heck out of Carter, as a person - he is someone who personally tries to put his $ where his mouth is

Unfortunately, during his pres, his judge of character was severly faulty, and he surrounded himself with corrupt politico's.

The country suffered for much of that, in spite of Carter's humanitarian efforts.

But, people 'woke up' in time, and elected not to run him again.

But, in those days, I do not believe there was so much distance between the Dems and Repubs as there is today, and that compromise was mostly possible. And, mostly civilized.

*sigh* I can only hope that people will 'wake up' again for next time ...

Ironic, isn't it? In THIS day and age, the ability for a given person to truly become informed about the issues is WAY easier, what with 100's of cable channels and the Internet.

In Carter's day, there was only the 'big three' news agencies.

Agencies that were operated NOT FOR PROFIT, mostly, but in the INTERESTS of the PEOPLE. THis was in exchange for the government 'giving' them their FCC licence and control of the TV spectrum.

Whatever happend to that?
Hello Bob the Unbeliever,
...couldn't agree with you more.
Darwins Stepchild

AOL

#19 Feb 4, 2006
Bob the Unbeliever wrote:
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Carter's regeme was one of the MOST corrupt, it seems.

Funny, I respect the heck out of Carter, as a person - he is someone who personally tries to put his $ where his mouth is.

Unfortunately, during his pres, his judge of character was severly faulty, and he surrounded himself with corrupt politico's.

The country suffered for much of that, in spite of Carter's humanitarian efforts.
Ah...history repeats. U.S. Grant's administration was similar. He surrounded himself with army buddies from the Civil War, and ended up with some of the worst corruption ever. And he even got re-elected.

This is just my personal feelings...not a lot of evidence to back it up...but I think there are too many in Bush's administration...including Bush himself...that are so certain they are in the right that they think anything they do is justified.
CJHG

Mechanicsville, MD

#20 Feb 4, 2006
Darwins Stepchild wrote:
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Ah...history repeats. U.S. Grant's administration was similar. He surrounded himself with army buddies from the Civil War, and ended up with some of the worst corruption ever. And he even got re-elected.

This is just my personal feelings...not a lot of evidence to back it up...but I think there are too many in Bush's administration...including Bush himself...that are so certain they are in the right that they think anything they do is justified.
Hello Darwin's Stepchild,
The Civil War happened to produce the highest number of casulties of any war....do you think that we would be here today if it was not for the sacrifices of thousands of soldiers fighting the Civil War? War is not a desired course of action but it has paved the way for the freedoms we cherish and value today. Do you really believe that President Bush and his cabinet make decisions for their own selfish reasons and or benefit? Please, I sincerely hope not. No President wants to place our own in harms way but thank God we have the dedicated soldiers fighting to protect America. Not to mention, helping vulnerable people all over our globe.
As one of the most famous general's of all time has said, "War is the last resort. It is the failure of diplomacy." (Von-Clausowitz, 1886, or there abouts)

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