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Ear to the Ground

Bush Adds to the Escalation

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Posted on Mar 11, 2007

The president has announced plans to send an additional 4,400 troops to Iraq, on top of the 21,500 combat troops he’s already authorized. Bush has requested $3.2 billion to pay for the increase, putting the ball in the Democrats’ court.


Reuters:

Gordon Johndroe, spokesman for the White House National Security Council, said the extra troops would include up to 2,400 military police to handle an anticipated increase in Iraqi detainees.

In addition, about 2,000 more combat support troops will be needed to bolster the 21,500. Also, 129 temporary Defense Department positions are needed to help in provincial Iraqi reconstruction.

Bush sent House Speaker Nancy Pelosi,  a California Democrat, a letter revising a $100 billion request for funding the wars in Iraq and
Afghanistan to take account of the $3 billion needed for the extra troops.

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By Historicus, March 13, 2007 at 6:51 am Link to this comment
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Hugh Downs said that there is no longer a two party system, just two factions of the same business party.  The only solution is to stop the crimes. 

During the Bush/Kerry debates, Kerry said there was no support for Nat. Health Care.  What he meant was that the insurance and drug companies didn’t support it.  Heck with the Public.

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By LaPopessa, March 12, 2007 at 11:13 am Link to this comment
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As long as people fall for Bush & Co’s version of “support the troops” (i.e., let us use them as cannon fodder for idiotic international ventures), then most members of Congress are going to wimp out on standing up to actually support the troops by getting them the hell out of there.

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By george S Semsel, March 12, 2007 at 8:41 am Link to this comment
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Am I mistaken, or were there some Democrats elected to congress last November? I guess they’re all packing for a few weeks in the sunshine at taxpayer expense while their beloved leader sends a few thousand good people more to play in the sands of Iraq.

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By Kol Klink, March 12, 2007 at 1:30 am Link to this comment
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General Shensinki advised the neo cons that it would require about 500,000 troops on the ground to bring security and peace to Iraq. He was fired for his candor.

Colin Powell said to enter Iraq with no exit strategy was insane. He quit after lying in front of the UN and seeing that the train he was on was headed for a wreck.

We had 500,000 troops on the ground in the Nam, we lost over 50,000 dead, unknown numbers of physically and mentally wounded, we lost close to 7,000 helicopters and countless other equipment and zillions of dollars. What did we learn from our experience in Nam? That the defense contractors make big bucks on wars!

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By trantieungoc, March 11, 2007 at 6:55 pm Link to this comment
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Bush (or Cheney) asked for 3.2 Billion more for Iraq but how much of that going to Halliburton’s Cheney company ? Only Cheney could respond to that question.

Hey Cheney, don’t forget that the more greedy the sooner you’ll die of glutty !

Sorry, because an animal never pay attention to eat more or less.

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By moni, March 11, 2007 at 4:17 pm Link to this comment
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Bush has an AGENDA and nobody is going to STOP him. Not only is he ignoring the Democrats, but they are being backed into a corner.  He has actually demanded more troops than his original “request” as well as an even larger monetary amount. Congress is in a stalemate over whether to fund the WAR-Without-End or risk apppearing NOT to support the battle-fatigued soldiers.

Soon the members of Congress will be taking their “Spring Break” and enjoying the “perks” of Public Office, most likely without implementing any changes. . .  “business as usual” in the war for domination of another country’s natural resources . 
 
That ray of hope—of the likelyhood of the differing factions and countries involved in Iraq, talking, is fading. 
 
The adrenaline SURGE of WAR is still in those mens’ minds and hearts.  Forgive me for being too graphic, but the smell of blood and oil is too strong. It IS the basest of instincts.  Too many lives have been shattered, too many new wounds have been opened and too many new hatreds have been raked over the barren ground of a devastated land.  Only a true miracle will end this force of violence, which is now in a self-perpetuating cycle.

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By FrostedFlakes, March 11, 2007 at 4:01 pm Link to this comment
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These are not additional troops. The “Bushites” knew from the very beginning that the actual number of troops needed for this so called surge was more than 21,000. Because if you are bringing in a new shipment of troops there has to be support personnel as well, almost up to 25% of the given number. This is just another example of this criminal administration playing on the sheer stupidity of the American populace. And there is no one to blame, except the societal system that elected (selected !!!) these war criminals and still allows them to do whatever they want with no consequences. We can not blame the Democratic congress, they’ve only been in office for two months and we are looking at six unadulterated years of carte blanche approval for policies of one of the worlds most criminal and dangerous administrations. And when this cabal says that Iraq has been a success, they truly mean it! At this point there are four huge completed permanant military bases already established on the outskirts of Iraq positioned strategically to maintain control over oil supplies. America wake up !!!! It is time to impeach and convict all responsible !!!

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By Rodney Matthewsr, March 11, 2007 at 2:36 pm Link to this comment
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This is a slap in the face to every soldier and member of his family. Again we have been manupilated by the Bush adminstration who has gotten our nation into this winless endless war. He defies all logic by pouring more gasoline on the fire [sending more troops] . Because the country os so divided we can only hope that the congress both Democrats and the sane Republicans stop the war even if it means cutting the funding. Bush wants the mess he created to be dumped on the next adminstration so he can always clain he was winning the war. This egomanic must be stopped noe before more innocent poeple die.

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By Quy Tran, March 11, 2007 at 1:52 pm Link to this comment
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More troops means more blood shedding. Are you awake Bush/Cheney/Gates ?

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By Yarrow, March 11, 2007 at 1:46 pm Link to this comment
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I think that the president has obviously got hidden agendas; Why else would he completely disregard the democracy of his own country just to shove it down the throats of Iraqis. Mr Bush needs to recognize that he is not a dictator and cannot make decisions based on what he wants when the country he represents is screaming so loudly for the killings to stop.

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By GW=MCHammered, March 11, 2007 at 11:24 am Link to this comment
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MATH EXPOSES IRREDUCIBLE TRUTH!

1. To consort with Bush, you need to pledge time and loads of money, therefore:
Bush = Time x Money

2. But “Time is money” so:
Time = Money

3. Hence, Bush = Money x Money = Money^2
[moolah squared = megabucks]

4. However, “Money is the root of all evil” thus:
Money = SQR(Evil)
[square root of wickedness]

5. Consequently, Bush = (SQR(Evil))^2 = Evil or:
Bush = Evil

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By Steve Hammons, March 11, 2007 at 10:04 am Link to this comment
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The Bush-Cheney administration would probably send even more troops to Iraq, as well as invade Iran, if they had the troops to do so.

More US Army troops and Marines might help stabilize Iraq somewhat. However, the underlying deceptions and faulty policies of Bush-Cheney and the neocons, chicken hawks and war profiteers allied with them seem to ulimately doom these efforts.

American troops have done their jobs, faced extreme danger and made extreme sacrifices. Unfortunately, they have been required to serve corrupt leaders.

Regarding these topics, the two articles noted below may be of interest:

“Victory of Courage, Fellowship and Honor”

By Steve Hammons
Columnist, PopulistAmerica.com
Populist Party of America
December 17, 2006

http://www.populistamerica.com/victory_of_courage_fellowship_and_honor

-  -  -

“Chicken hawks are real and dangerous”

By Steve Hammons
Columnist, PopulistAmerica.com
Populist Party of America
November 26, 2006

http://www.populistamerica.com/chicken_hawks_are_real_and_dangerous

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By Bert, March 11, 2007 at 3:43 am Link to this comment
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I think the Iraq war should be overfunded by several orders of magnitude, and debate on that subject ended. I think it goes without saying that we’re kind of at the point now where public accountability is a joke, and Bush and company will keep on with the war until such time as they leave office. So, instead of bickering about billions, Congress should focus on ways to expedite that departure. Libby’s on his way to the Big House, and he was part of the sunshine story we were given about the whole Iraq war,
which has now cost the nation some 1.2-1.3 trillion or so(pocket change), and the rest of the people in this administration are effectively thumbing their noses at the public, so why not pull out the stops, give Cheney a check for 18 octillion dollars, he’s the war profiteer in chief, so cut out the middleman, there,
with his 18 octillion he’ll be mollified, his greed saturated at least temporarily, and it’ll be a polite(if sarcastic) way of both stating the obvious, AND telling him to go blow it out his ass. Then, after they go away, cancel the check…

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