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06:53 PM on 04/18/2011
I came across this while looking into the lost nukes (on Cheney's watch). It's an interesting article.
http://www.veteranstoday.com/2011/03/30/gordon-duff-us-on-nuclear-alert-threats-claim-al-qaeda-has-160-nukes-in-u-s-video/
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06:49 PM on 04/18/2011
For the war that seems to never end, people might want to pay attention and see how much they have to pay for it. Afghanistan = More deaths (Afghani and American) and increased national debt. That formula should convince anybody that we should get out of there now.
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Sparsh Parimoo
06:35 PM on 04/18/2011
Surprising lack of comment on how Obama expanded the Afghan war and destabilized Pakistan further. Surely this 'change' must not come as a surprise? He kept repeating it during the 2008 campaign.
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Never Again
It makes no difference which 1 of us u vote for...
06:44 PM on 04/18/2011
I agree with you. And I will take it another step. If Pakistan is saying the same thing behind closed doors, that the U.S. no longer has permission to bomb its side of the border, the continuation of these bombing runs are a violation of international law.

BUT you seem to be posting your comments with a partisan chip on your soldier, instead of being critical of the policies regardless of what party the president is a member.
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Sparsh Parimoo
09:10 PM on 04/18/2011
Well no. I despise Bush almost as much as i do Obama. I was only drawing people's attention to their hidden hypocrisies. Especially the ones that haunt this site.
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Jim Pasterczyk
Banned!
07:15 PM on 04/18/2011
Yes, it should have been finished up a long time ago, like by the president who started it but let bin Laden slip through his fingers at Tora Bora by not having reliable forces blocking bin Laden's escape into Pakistan.
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Sparsh Parimoo
09:12 PM on 04/18/2011
Looks like all bin Laden has to do is run from one country to another and you should have WW3 on your hands. You need to wake up about your foreign policy before its too late.
06:29 PM on 04/18/2011
This extended War is a tribute to The Carlyle Group's War Machine Profits.

The Bush and Cheney Families are big participants in the Carlyle Group.
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Enroh Mot
Veritas Lux Mea
06:30 PM on 04/18/2011
Fanned.....So are the Saudis.
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06:34 PM on 04/18/2011
What more can you add about the Carlyle Group? I think it's important.
06:36 PM on 04/18/2011
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlyle_Group

And, their own website:

http://www.carlyle.com/
06:19 PM on 04/18/2011
"For example, a single person making $40,000 in 2010 essentially paid $1,694 for the war. A married couple filing jointly and earning a combined $100,000 has $4,757 of their tax dollars going toward the effort"

Did Amanda Terkel do the math herself, or simply cut/paste from another source; because it's not even close to being accurate.
06:29 PM on 04/18/2011
Well then, how about this for accuracy ($ aside):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_military_casualties_of_war
07:46 PM on 04/18/2011
Different issue, different arguement. Has nothing to do with my post.
06:16 PM on 04/18/2011
We paid nothing. These worthless pieces of paper are Federal Reserve Notes. We don't own them, we are forced to pass them around in order to eat. Holding on to them for any length of time is dangerous. They have all-seeing eyes on them and I'm sure spells, cast by the warlocks at the Fed.
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Enroh Mot
Veritas Lux Mea
06:24 PM on 04/18/2011
The Federal Reserve which is owned by the Big Banks prints money and lends it to the government and charges interest.
06:31 PM on 04/18/2011
Tongue in cheek Enroh. Good to see you. Love your posts.
06:31 PM on 04/18/2011
Seriously, are they actually "printing" money these days? I believe it's all done electronically, unless of course, they want to print a commemorative $2 or $3 bill.
06:12 PM on 04/18/2011
Over half the budget goes to the military. Under 4% goes to education. The population at large was duped into supporting the Iraq War, is being duped into believing continued presence in Afghanistan is "working", and will undoubtedly be duped into believing any number of future offensive wars are necessary. Coincidence?
06:08 PM on 04/18/2011
Lying, Hitting Your Wife and Jihad: Just Another Day in a Moderate Mosque
http://www.newsrealblog.com/2011/04/18/lying-hitting-wife-jihad-moderate-mosque/
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The way of truth & love has always won ~ Gandhi
06:08 PM on 04/18/2011
"In this different kind of war, we may never sit down at a peace table.
But make no mistake about it, we are winning, and we will win."

~ G.W. Bush Speech, national convention of the American Legion, Nashville, Tennessee
(August 31, 2004)
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yankeeairpirate
an Analog Man in a Digital World
06:07 PM on 04/18/2011
My war was Vietnam. It turned into a quagmire because of political merry-go-rounds. People on both sides were ending up looking up at the wrong side of the dirt because of politicians. Fortunately, the politicians had their arms twisted by the folks that elected them to cut off the funding.

Guess what? It worked.

Stop the money flow, and our brave troops can come home.
06:21 PM on 04/18/2011
No, it was the Draft.
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Enroh Mot
Veritas Lux Mea
06:27 PM on 04/18/2011
Fragging officers helped, and the large number of Veterans that joined the anti-war movement.
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yankeeairpirate
an Analog Man in a Digital World
06:38 PM on 04/19/2011
My draft number was 9. I had to enlist or else look down the barrel of an M-16 at an individual who was looking down the barrel of an AK-47 or SKS who was way more committed than I was. I chose to fix radar and navigation systems on F-111s rather than kill people.

Still, I was spit on when I came back here after my tour by folks who were my fellow citizens, but whose views of the world at the time were significantly narrowed.

In 1972-73, the country was reacting to the extreme left. In the present time frame, we're having to react to the extreme right.

We're experiencing the same "narrowing of views" today, just on the other side of the speedometer.
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Sparsh Parimoo
06:32 PM on 04/18/2011
Thats gonna be tough with drones doing all your million dollar dirty work now. Not as many body bags coming home.
America is Apathy. Nobody gives a hoot until the gas is $10 a gallon. And we have still some way to go before that happens. Wait a bit. The Ben Bernanke wont disappoint.
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yankeeairpirate
an Analog Man in a Digital World
06:31 PM on 04/19/2011
I'll hide and watch. When gas hits $5/gallon, the peasants will be revolting.
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06:07 PM on 04/18/2011
We cannot afford it financially or morally. We have a 30% PTSD rate in Afghanistan. We have suicides not being reported on. St. Petersburg Times fact checked the claim that the number of suicides and time served equates to a suicide once every 36 hours and found it to be true!

Whether it is the President or this Congress that ends it is irrelevant to me. This must end now!
06:28 PM on 04/18/2011
Truth!
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Sparsh Parimoo
06:33 PM on 04/18/2011
I like how you put financially before morally. That about sums the entire thing up for me.
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It makes no difference which 1 of us u vote for...
06:37 PM on 04/18/2011
I put financially first because the article was on financing the war. I am more concerned with the innocent people, especially children, who have been killed by our bombs than I am about the money.
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yankeeairpirate
an Analog Man in a Digital World
06:03 PM on 04/18/2011
It's time to start thinking of the operations in Iraq and Afghanistan the way accountants would view them. Cost-benefits? Return on investment?

Stick a fork in both of them. They're done.
06:01 PM on 04/18/2011
All fine and good. That's why we started another war in Libya.
05:57 PM on 04/18/2011
$8B a month in Afghanistan? Sure no problem. How about infrastructure here, like new bridges that will actually help the people who pay those taxes? No way, it adds too much to the deficit. The most backwards thought process one could possibly have, ever.
06:01 PM on 04/18/2011
F&F And, I'm a Phillies fan! :)
06:12 PM on 04/18/2011
Ha, glad we can put our differences aside, and agree on something!
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yankeeairpirate
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05:57 PM on 04/18/2011
OK. I went out to the White house's site and got a "taxpayer receipt" for the taxes I paid this year and where the money went. Our gummint officially says that I paid 26.3% of my total tax payment to the military, a sum of $3,019.50. Health Care amounted to 24.3% of my total tax bill for $2789.88. Job and Family security went for 21.9% at $2514.34. The rest all are under 5% and are too long to list here.

I went to rethinkafghanistan.com's site and their figure for my income level says that I paid $4820 to support the war in Afghanistan just for this year

Which entry is incorrect? Probably both.