I haven't made UP the following conversation.
It really is the Long War President speaking.
The Decider is once again exposing to the world the contents of his mind.
The last sentence will blow your mind.
George W. Bush: And as people are now beginning to see, Iraq is changing, democracy is beginning to tak[e] hold. And I'm convinced 50 years from now people look back and say thank God there was those who were willing to sacrifice.
Ann Curry: But you're saying you're going to have to carry that burden... Some Americans believe that they feel they're carrying the burden because of this economy.
They say -- they say they're suffering because of this.
George W. Bush: I don't agree with that.
Ann Curry: You don't agree with that? Has nothing do with the economy, the war? The spending on the war?
George W. Bush: I don't think so. I think actually, the spending on the war might help with jobs.
Ann Curry: Oh, yeah?
George W. Bush: Yeah, because we're buying equipment, and people are working. I think this economy is down because we built too many houses.
NBC's The Today Show
February 18, 2008]
IT'S THE OIL STUPID!
McCain, who voted to go into Iraq and said it was "important" to do so, does not seem to have noticed that the price tag for it and Afghanistan is rapidly rising to $3 trillion to $5 trillion over the long term, or $10,000 for each man, woman and child in America. For a family of four, that is $40,000 or a whole year's salary that George W. Bush has stolen from us and given to his friends at Halliburton, Hunt Oil, Exxon Mobile, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, General Electric, etc., etc., etc. (See Tom Engelhardt on this and other morsels in Bush's Mulligatawny Soup of a war). Not to mention the nearly 4,000 killed in action and the thousands seriously wounded, with brain trauma, spinal injuries, confined to wheel chairs or forever impaired, who will need to be taken care of the rest of their lives (and guess to which address the bill will come-- not Crawford, Texas.) Is the war really unrelated to the growing bad times in the US economy?
Juan Cole is President of the Global Americana Institute