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Iraq War Funding

The Subpriming of Iraq

Michael McConnell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael McConnell

This is a credit card war. With Congress passing emergency supplemental budgets that are not covered by tax revenues, we have yet to pay a penny out of our own pockets for the war.

The Sick Man of the North Atlantic

Eric Margolis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Margolis

Money, observed the witty British thinker Malcolm Muggeridge, is the homogenized form of power. No more money, no more power. The great imperialist ...

Cindy McCain's Attack On Obama's Record Offends Military Spouses

Diane Tucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Diane Tucker

"It ruffles our feathers when someone claims that Barack Obama doesn't support the troops, because the Obamas have gone out of their way to understand the military, its families, and its veterans."

Obama's Edge Over McCain on Iraq

John Bruhns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Bruhns

Senator Obama's plan to leave troop elements behind would have conditions: the Iraqis would have to politically reconcile and end sectarianism. McCain's is to continue on the current path.

Bin Laden Used a Similar Strategy to Decimate American Capitalism as Reagan Used to Hasten End of Soviet Communism

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Both men used the same strategy: scare them into an arms race which they couldn't afford and which would undermine the very fabric of their economic, social and political system.

The Failed Bailout: A Drop in the Bucket and Abusive to Renters

Shahid Buttar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Shahid Buttar

Beyond its uncertainty, the Administration also appears as disingenuous as it did on Iraq. Five years ago, officials cried wolf about weapons of mass destruction that were never found.

The Bailout and the War

Daniel Radosh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Radosh

The Iraq war has already cost taxpayers about $700 billion. If we hadn't gone to war, we could have gotten the bailout free and had some left over for a party.

Children's Defense Fund Founder: McCain Will Leave Millions Of Children Uninsured

Diane Tucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Diane Tucker

"Sen. McCain has no specific plan for children. We keep a Congressional scorecard... Senator McCain received the lowest score of anyone in the Senate in 2007."

Civil War in the Anti-War Movement

John Bruhns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Bruhns

It has been impossible to organize legitimate protests against the Iraq war without commingling other agendas.

Unearthed: News of the Week the Mainstream Media Forgot to Report

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Brendan DeMelle

U.S. mayors resolve to avoid burning dirty tar sands oil, Bush signs $162B war spending bill for Iraq and Afghanistan, Afghanistan civilian death toll rises sharply, Scalia still blames Gore for the 2000 election debacle.

Iraq Is The Economy, Stupid

Alan Fein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alan Fein

Every day, pollsters ask voters to rank issues, separating "the Iraq war" from "the economy," as if they have nothing to do with each other. In fact, they have everything to do with each other.

Command Responsibility

Ray Kimball | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ray Kimball

The current explosion of contract spending in Iraq -- hundreds of billions of dollars, with tens of billions wasted -- has made it clear that this course of action is no longer sustainable.

Oh, I Get It, Democrats Are The B-Team

Suzanne O'Keeffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Suzanne O'Keeffe

The Democratic leadership's latest move giving Bush & Co. billions more dollars for the fraud-based war and occupation of Iraq is Shakespearean: The good guys, turns out, are working with the bad guys!

House Leaders Reach Iraq War Funding Deal Without Deadline For Withdrawal

New York Times | Carl Hulse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House leaders struck a bipartisan deal on Wednesday night on a major spending measure that would provide money for the war in Iraq through the end of ...

Pentagon To Shift Budget To Pay For Iraq War

Reuters | Kristin Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Pentagon plans to shift $9.7 billion of its overall budget to pay for war operations but warned on Wednesday it will run out of money if the U.S. ...

Jason Linkins

Senator Tom Coburn: Accidental Ironist | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn, noted frenemy of Senator Barack Obama and one-man distant early warning system of the Coming Lesbian Panic, wrote an op-e...

Election Systems Upgrade: Money's Gone To Iraq

James Freedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
James Freedman

Our election machinery is flawed and vulnerable. It's a telling comparison-- the amount of money we spend on fair elections versus the amounts we spend on campaigns or on bringing democracy to Iraq.

Senators Slam White House Over Budget Priorities

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senators Barbara Mikulski and Pat Murray blasted White House budget czar over spending priorities during a Senate Appropriations Committee meeting on ...

Jason Linkins

$3 Trillion Campaign Reveals The Cost Of Quagmire | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Three trillion dollars is a lot of money. So much that it's hard to get your head around. You shouldn't feel bad about it, after all, John McCain ca...

Play $3 Trillion Spending Spree! How Would You Spend Iraq War Money?

Brave New Films | Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The occupation of Iraq will cost $3 trillion, America's most expensive conflict since WWII. Can YOU spend that money better? Here's your chance to g...

Iraq War Costlier Than All US Wars Except WWII

San Francisco Chronicle | Zachary Coile | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It was supposed to be a quick war and a cheap one. Five years later, 160,000 U.S. troops are still in Iraq. And the costs keep piling up - $12 billion...

Dems Prepare One More Capitulation on Iraq

Marc Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Marc Cooper

Democrats are talking tough on the war while preparing yet one more capitulation. When the smoke clears you can bet the Democrats will reach a "compromise" on continued funding for a war with no real end.

Murtha And The Cost Of The War

Washington Post | Walter Pincus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

One longtime House member's views of the hidden costs of the war in Iraq are worth studying -- when the congressman is Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.), ch...

US War Costs Increased Significantly In 2007

Reuters | Richard Cowan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The Iraq war may not dominate U.S. news reports as the carnage drops, but a new report underscores the financial burden of persistent combat that is h...

Anti-War Groups Retreat On Funding Fight

Politico | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

After a series of legislative defeats in 2007 that saw the year end with more U.S. troops in Iraq than when it began, a coalition of anti-war groups i...