The Fifth Horseman: Casualties of the War

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

 

Casualties of the War

There have been reports that the Administration has offered Iraqi Sunni leaders $75 million dollars if they sign the Iraqi Constitution.

Granted, these reports are, as of now, unconfirmed. However, if these reports are true they will prove very telling, especially in light of the recent disaster on the Gulf Coast.

Bush had $75 million for bribes, yet not a penny for levee stabilization in New Orleans.

Even if these bribe rumors prove unfounded, my point still stands. Dubya's unnecessary War of Aggression has placed a colossal strain on the nation's budget. To meet this massive strain, funds have been diverted from numerous crucial domestic programs, including levee stabilization.

Sadly, thanks to the President, the State of Louisiana is lacking in

The War in Iraq is currently costing the nation $186 million a day. That breaks down to an average of about $5.6 billion a month.

How much good could even one day's worth of War Funds have done for the people of New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina slammed into them? $186 million can pay for a hell of a lot of levee stabilization.$75 million of bribe money could have shored up the levees enough to save the city.

In addition to insufficient funds, 35% of Louisiana's National Guard is deployed in Iraq. That amounts to around 3,500 Guardsmen that won't be available to help with the rescue effort. Now, the Louisiana National Guard claims it has sufficient strength to aid in the rescue effort...but 3,500 extra pairs of hands sure as hell couldn't hurt.

However, thanks to Dubya's War, the State of Louisiana can't have sufficient money or Guardsmen. Bush has made his decision: the Iraq War takes precedence over everything else. And now the people of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast are paying for that decision with blood.

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