|Source: Washington Post|
One. That's the number of individuals responsible for the war in Iraq. As Commander in Chief, Republican President George Bush, the republican party's leader, is responsible for it. No one else. Why? The Iraq war was never debated. According to wild-eyed liberal activist Colin Powell:
"In a chapter discussing what he calls his “infamous” February 2003 speech to the United Nations where he authoritatively presented what was later exposed as gross misinformation about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, Powell notes that by that time, war “was approaching.”
“By then, the President did not think war could be avoided,” Powell writes. “He had crossed the line in his own mind, even though the NSC [National Security Council] had never met -- and never would meet -- to discuss the decision.”...They Care so Much about the Cost of War in Blood
100,000+. That's the number of Americans killed or wounded in the Iraq war alone. The numbers speak for themselves.
100,000+. That's also the number of Iraqi civilians killed in fighting, according to http://www.iraqbodycount.org.
7.8 Million. That's the number of people who have been displaced from the wars. According to Reuters:
"...7.8 million people -- equal to the combined population of Connecticut and Kentucky -- have been displaced."
...They Care so Much about the Cost of War in Treasure
When President George W. Bush launched the war, charging incorrectly that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, the Pentagon estimated its cost at $50 billion to $60 billion. Economic adviserLawrence Lindsey got in hot water at the White House when he guessed in public the war could cost as much as $200 billion.
One oddity of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars is that even as military preparations were under way, Congress cut taxes in 2001 and again in 2003. These Bush tax cuts meant in effect that the wars were financed by adding to federal debt, rather than paid for from revenues. US outstanding debt zoomed from $5.7 trillion when Mr. Bush took office to $10.6 trillion when he left. And all but $700 billion of that debt was accumulated before the Wall Street bailouts began under the Troubled Asset Relief Program in October 2008.
$3.7 Trillion. That's the low end of the dollar cost of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. According to Reuters:
When President Barack Obama cited cost as a reason to bring troops home from Afghanistan, he referred to a $1 trillion price tag for America's wars.
Staggering as it is, that figure grossly underestimates the total cost of wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan to the U.S. Treasury and ignores more imposing costs yet to come, according to a study released on Wednesday.
The final bill will run at least $3.7 trillion and could reach as high as $4.4 trillion, according to the research project "Costs of War" by Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies. (www.costsofwar.org)
8%. That's the percentage of the cost of the wars ($1.3 trillion of $15.7 trillion). That's right, folks: almost 8% of today's national debt is comprised of spending on war. Who owns that? Which republican president embroiled us in war? Let me think, don't tell me, I know this one. Oh, I know: Republican President George Bush.
So, on this Memorial Day, think about the numbers and ask yourself this: Do Republicans have the track record for taking command of our US forces--and taking care of our service people and veterans--or is their resume pretty damn bad?