HISPANDERING BARACK OBAMA IS MERELY AN EXTENSION OF THE CORRUPTION AND INCOMPETENCE OF BUSH, HILLARY, BILLARY, BUSH and their WAR PROFITEER, DIANNE FEINSTEIN, ALL OF WHOM WANT MORE WAR HAVE HAD SICKENING RELATIONS WITH THE SAUDIS TERRORIST. THIS WAR WAS STARTED BY THE BUSH FAMILY TO PROTECT THE 9-11 INVADERS, THE SAUDIS, FROM SADDAM. THE SAUDIS AND THE BUSH FAMILY OPERATED THEIR GLOBAL CRIMES FROM THE CARLYLE GROUP. DIANNE FEINSTEIN IS THE BIGGEST WAR PROFITEER IN AMERICAN HISTORY. THE SAUDIS HAVE PAID TENS OF MILLIONS IN BRIBES TO THE BILLARY HILLARY LIBRARY, AND WE ALL WITNESSED THE DISGUSTING SPECTACLE OF BARACK OBAMA KNELLING LIKE A SERF TO THE SAUDI DICTATOR WHO IS LISTED ON PARADE.com AS No. 5 in WORLD'S WORST DICTATORS.
MEANWHILE OBAMA AND HIS LA RAZA DEMS, FEINSTIEN, BILLARY, HILLARY, BOXER, REID, PELOSI ALL WORK FOR OPEN BORDERS WITH NARCOmex! OBAMA RECENTLY TOOK 400 BORDER PATROL OFF BORDER DUTY. ALL CELEBRATED BY THE MEXICAN DRUG CARTELS!
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October 4, 2009
Tomgram: Matt Bivens, Pox Americana
With up to 61% of Americans, according to a recent poll, convinced that things are going badly indeed in Afghanistan and an official 9.8% of Americans unemployed, Congress is set to respond. This week, it's slated to pass a $636 billion appropriations bill for the Pentagon that will include another $128 billion for our Afghan and Iraq Wars. Meanwhile, the president and his advisors are about to consider the latest plan by our Afghan War commander, General Stanley McChrys tal, to gainfully employ up to 40,000 more Americans in Afghanistan.
By the way, as in the Bush years, all dollar figures associated with the Pentagon budget and our wars should be considered underestimates. Various military expenses like the upkeep of our nuclear arsenal aren't even in that budget. Depending on who is doing the figuring, estimates of all U.S. defense-related expenditures -- and this first budget of the Obama era is already larger than the last monster one from the Bush era -- can run upwards of a trillion dollars. As for the war expenses, they invariably prove short of the mark and end up having to be supplemented.
When it comes to the Afghan War, this is practically guaranteed. Being prosecuted many thousands of miles from home over long, often embattled, supply lines, it is proving staggeringly expensive. According to one recent estimate, for instance, it costs more than $750,000 a year simply to keep a single U.S. soldier in the field, while the cost of delivering a single gallon of gas to the war zone is estimated at up to $100.
And then, don't forget the Afghan army. Its U.S.-NATO upgrade program is already costing an estimated $8 billion a year and is clearly about to be expanded by the Obama administration. As the Afghan government is essentially poverty-stricken, that means its army is going to be U.S. property for years to come.
Consider this a small introduction to TomDispatch newcomer Matt Bivens's striking analysis of American investment practices. Tom