14 cents per Iraqi Refugee per Year vs. $300 million per Day to Finance Occupation

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President Bush probably chuckled when Colin Powell left the room after advising the President about the “Pottery Barn Rule” — “you break it, you own it.” (yes, I know Pottery Barn doesn’t make you pay. . .but you get the point. . .)
Bush probably said, “Well, if I break it — I can get away with it.” And that’s what he’s been trying to do.
What I didn’t realize is that the U.S. has been a worse fortress than I imagined to the innocent victims of Iraq who have been displaced by the invasion, occupation, and brewing civil war.
America has only allowed U.S. entry to 466 Iraqis since the beginning of this war — while the UN reports that nearly 3.4 million have fled Iraq to escape the violence and are refugees practically everywhere except the United States.
Adam Goodheart, Director of the Starr Center for the American Experience at Washington College, and blogger John R. Bohrer have a great piece out this morning in USA Today comparing the refugee crisis of the Vietnam War to the current Iraq mess. It’s a terrific piece.
And the zinger is this:

Assistant Secretary of State Ellen Sauerbrey said that her department wishes it could allow as many as 20,000 Iraqis to seek asylum here. Yet she admitted that the difficulty of setting up asylum application centers in Iraq might make it impossible.
Baghdad in January 2007 has still not reached the point of Saigon in April 1975. If the Ford administration could quickly save 130,000 people amid the tidal wave of a full-scale military defeat, surely the Bush administration can save 20,000, or more, from Iraq.
Compared with occupation costs of about $300 million per day, the money Sauerbrey spoke of allotting to the refugee crisis seems laughable. She boasted that in 2006, the U.S. provided $400,000 to support U.N. refugee resettlement efforts, a figure it proposes to increase to $500,000 this year. (If you divide $500,000 by the 3.4 million Iraqi refugees, you get a commitment of about 14 cents per refugee.)
Efforts for increasing the flow of Iraqi immigrants also have been stymied by post-9/11 counterterrorism laws that make it difficult for anyone from the Middle East to enter the USA. That’s an especially cruel irony, since the refugees in greatest peril are those who have put their lives on the line for what President Bush has declared is a war against terrorism.

America is spending 14 cents per refugee in this war of choice?
This kind of bugetary ugliness is exactly what makes sure we lose the battle for hearts and minds in the Middle East.
— Steve Clemons

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34 comments on “14 cents per Iraqi Refugee per Year vs. $300 million per Day to Finance Occupation

  1. Dan Williams says:

    What is a crying shame is the united states media which ignores the truth and pretends everything is happy, happy; with the lousy low wages we have, and the rich pocketing the difference, there are many people turning to drug dealing and other illict means to make ends meet. I wrote the local paper about two months ago that if they do not tell the truth, they will lose circulation, and lo and behold a twenty percent layoff, gannett; eighty percent of our media moguls are members of the trilateral commission, they talk and talk, never walk the walk, self serving, beholden to the dollar and not the American people.
    Pray for peace on earth.

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  2. dollar don says:

    A friend of mine knows the Joe Banister family and she also knows that as an ex-IRS, gun carrying special agent and tax accountant, Joe did what he believed — tell others that NO SPECIFIC WRITTEN LAW in federal title 26 code and the corresponding Code of Federal Regulations show an American citizen who “lives and works in the US” to have federal “taxable income”.
    Live in an American Possession? Make income outside the US? Are you a foreign alien making income inside the US? (Hey, how about the millions of illegals here?) The tax laws AS WRITTEN apply to all of these folks!
    But to Joe and others, the feds don’t have the constitution or written law on their side to call “domestic income” taxable.
    He repeatedly inquired at the office of Charles O. Rossotti, IRS Commissioner at the time and Joe only got back the typical form letters, none answering any of his specific code questions. Rossotti and his wife, btw, had (still have?) a tens of millions of dollar contract with the IRS to print all the their forms. Can you imagine? The Commissioner and family making tons of money off his employ? Clinton, btw, had a presidential ruling that Rossotti was not engaged in a conflict of interest!. . .and I didn’t have sex with that woman either. . .
    Banister was more than harassed by the feds. While an appeals court found him “not guilty”, one thing the Banisters discovered, the feds didn’t allow the written federal tax code to be used in his defense.
    Remember last year when Bush’s “state of the union” included his platform to simplify the IRS code? It sounded good and sincere, right?
    When Bush can accept a mere congressional resolution and not a constitutional “declaration of war” as his trillions-of-dollars Iraq war rational, why let either the constitution or the written law get in the way?
    Joe’s long-running website is —
    http://www.freedomabovefortune.com

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  3. Black says:

    “….and WE get to go to jail if we engage in tax evasion.”
    Yes, it would take ALL of us TOGETHER…or some huge percentage of us…to make this happen and NOT get sent to jail.
    On the other hand, MLK went to jail for what he believed.

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  4. pauline says:

    Bush has near ‘tractor accident’ in visit to Illinois factory
    Michael Roston
    Published: Wednesday January 31, 2007
    The White House announced its visit to a Caterpillar factory in East Peoria, Illinois, yesterday, where President George W. Bush advanced his case for expanding free trade negotiations. But it didn’t detail the President’s clumsy driving of a giant D-10 tractor that sent the White House press corps and presidential staff scrambling, which was reported at a Newsweek blog.
    At “The Gaggle,” Newsweek reporter Holly Bailey writes that the president clambered into the driver’s seat of Caterpillar’s giant D10 tractor. “I would suggest moving back…I’m about to crank this sucker up,” she reports him saying.
    But as White House staff started to move the press corps back, the situation became more chaotic. Bailey writes that “the tractor lurched forward” and White House staff “too were forced to scramble for safety. “Get out of the way!” a news photographer yelled. “I think he might run us over!””
    Bush chuckled about the incident, and referenced driving the tractor during his speech, saying “I’m impressed by a culture of excellence and accomplishment that is the spirit of Caterpillar. I also appreciate the chance to drive a D10. If you’ve never driven a D10 — (laughter) — it’s a cool experience. (Laughter),” according to the White House website.
    Bailey looked less fondly upon Bush’s test drive of the D-10. “Yeah, almost as much fun as seeing your life flash before your eyes,” she wrote in response to the president’s remark about his “cool experience.”
    The full blog post can be accessed at Newsweek’s politics blog The Gaggle.
    http://www.rawstory.com/news/2007/Bush_has_near_tractor_accident_in_0131.html

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  5. pauline says:

    January 31, 2007
    The Crime of the Century
    by Paul Craig Roberts
    President George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq is the greatest crime of the 21st century.
    Armed with a powerful moral case against Bush, whose lies are responsible for a war that has caused thousands of U.S. casualties and killed vast numbers of Iraqi civilians, Democratic leaders are damning Bush’s war because it did not succeed!
    The Bush regime lied and fabricated “evidence” that was used to deceive Congress, the American people, and the United Nations. The vice president of the United States and the national security adviser created public images of mushroom clouds going up over American cities unless Iraq was invaded and Saddam Hussein’s terrible weapons of mass destruction were destroyed.
    At the time that these absurd claims were being made, experts knew that they were false. Today everyone knows that the claims were lies.
    The invasion of Iraq under false pretenses comprises solid grounds for impeaching both Bush and Cheney and for turning them over to the War Crimes Tribunal at the Hague. Under the Nuremberg standard, to commit unprovoked aggression is a war crime.
    Among the consequences of Bush’s monstrous war crime are the deaths of tens or hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians, the destruction of Iraqi civilian infrastructure, the outbreak of civil war between Iraqi Sunnis and Shi’ites, the spreading of this sectarian conflict throughout the Middle East, and the consequent destabilization of the region.
    Try to imagine all the lives, careers, hopes, and families that Bush has destroyed. Try to imagine the fate of the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi refugees, the departure of educated and skilled Iraqis from Iraq, the ultimate horror of civil war that is only beginning.
    Official U.S. casualties (dead, wounded, and maimed) at time of writing total 26,194. Experts have estimated the cost of the invasion and attempted occupation to be in excess of the enormous sum of 1,000 billion dollars.
    This expenditure has made profits for Vice President Cheney, for Cheney’s firm, Halliburton, for the U.S. military-industrial complex, and for private contractors, but it has done nothing whatsoever for Americans. Sen. Frank Lautenberg reports that “Halliburton has already raked in more that $10 billion” from the Iraq war and that the value of Cheney’s Halliburton stock options has jumped from $241,498 to more than $8,000,000.
    Moreover, the cost of Bush’s aggression in Iraq has been covered by red ink and foreign borrowing, which is financially punishing every American by pushing down the value of the dollar and pushing up the tax burden to service the war debt.
    The conclusion is unavoidable that Bush has committed a massive crime against Iraqis, against the Middle East, against American citizens and military families, and against America’s reputation.
    Finally coming to their senses and realizing the pointlessness of Bush’s war, the American people gave the Democratic Party control over the House and Senate in the hopes that the Democrats would put a stop to Bush’s war.
    Was the electorate’s faith in the Democrats justified?
    Listen to the Democrats’ statements and judge for yourself.
    Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Joseph Biden declared on ABC’s This Week that “it’s the failed policy of this president, going to war without a strategy, going to war prematurely, going to war without enough troops, going to war without enough equipment.”
    Sen. Hillary Clinton, a likely Democratic candidate for president, says, “This was his decision to go to war with an ill-conceived plan and an incompetently executed strategy.”
    The Democrats are damning Bush not for his monstrous crime but for failing at it!
    Instead of holding Bush accountable for his crimes with impeachment proceedings, Hillary Clinton merely wants Bush to get rid of the problem so she will not be troubled with it on her watch: “We expect him to extricate our country from this before he leaves office.” Hillary says it would be “the height of irresponsibility” for Bush to pass the war along to the next president.
    A moral, humane, decent, honest person would define “the height of irresponsibility” as the act of taking two countries to war on the basis of lies and deception.
    Now that Bush and Cheney have lost their war due to their incompetence and faulty execution, the Democrats are going to pass a nonbinding resolution against escalating the war in Iraq. While Congress negotiates a posture on the Iraq war, the Bush regime moves forward with its plans to attack Iran.
    Everyone can see the U.S. buildup of massive air and naval attack forces on Iran’s borders. Fox “News,” the Bush regime’s main disinformation agency, is busy preparing its viewers for the U.S. attack by whipping up fear and hysteria over Iran. The Bush regime suddenly changed its line and now blames Iran instead of al-Qaeda for its defeat in Iraq. The Israel Lobby is working around the clock for a U.S. strike on Iran. On Jan. 30 Bush again threatened that he will respond firmly if Tehran escalates its involvement in Iraq.
    Bush’s threats are part of the propaganda that is creating an excuse that Bush can use to attack Iran.
    Bush plans to bomb Iran. U.S. war doctrine has been altered to allow Bush to use nuclear weapons to attack Iran. American neoconservatives and Israel’s right wing have argued in behalf of attacking Iran with nuclear weapons, and a number of foreign experts are forecasting such an attack.
    While Bush prepares in public view his war on Iran, the Democrats turn a blind eye. For the Democrats the only issue is whether or not Bush should send 21,500 more U.S. troops to Iraq.
    The issue is whether the war in Iraq can be quickly ended, or Bush and Cheney impeached, before the two war criminals create a more monstrous crime and a more dangerous situation for America and the world by attacking Iran.
    http://www.antiwar.com/roberts/?articleid=10432

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  6. Pissed Off American says:

    “I think the only effective “protest” by the public would be to refuse to pay our taxes…just refuse, burn your tax return on the steps of congress and tell them they are on their own.”
    “They can’t do anything without OUR money.”
    Posted by Carroll
    This is Bushworld, where the President gets to slaughter over 600,000 human beings, the vice president gets to titter at the knowledge of Muslim’s being tortured at his behest, our congress gets to stand idly by as monsters dismantle our democracy and our world standing….
    ….and WE get to go to jail if we engage in tax evasion.
    Got vaseline?

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  7. Marcia says:

    “This kind of bugetary ugliness is exactly what makes sure we lose the battle for hearts and minds in the Middle East”
    I think that objective is long past. The rape of the planet, an already on going operation before 9/11 was ignored only by Americans citizens themselves.
    9/11 erased the rising hostility, but when the administration went “wild west” immediately after, the huge and real surge of indignation and sympathy world-wide subsided in face of the pre-emptive war doctrine,the blatant arrogance and the insults metered out by Rumsfeld, Cheney and Bush and their clique.
    The rest of the world is sightly less naive than we are concerning politics and most know from experience the grim realities of life.

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  8. James Heaven says:

    James Heaven
    Cheney to visit Howard-Downer in two weeks, get ready, we are going to attack Iran. Armageddon? WW3?
    When we have such visit, it is to pass confidential information personally to John Howard and Downer ONLY, and not to his staff or any other Australians.
    Get ready for mandatory draft; we must ¡®protect¡¯ Israel and Iran/Iraq oil!
    Did you forget GULF OF TONKIN? DON¡¯T!!!
    We will have another one soon next to Iran, and then we will have an excuse to attack Iran.
    ¡®THEY¡¯ need another 911 to justify nuking Iran, As one Sydney psychic confidently speculated last week on TV, ¡®THEY¡¯ will nuke one American city this year (¡°dirty bomb¡±), no wonder Cheney is so urgent to visit Canberra this month, get ready!
    The Rense website posted an article today revealing that the Russians could read all communications between Israel and the Americans regarding the coming attack on Iran, I hope that George Negus will read this article very carefully. If the Russians knew, the Chinese most likely also¡¦. No wonder the Chinese gave us a ¡®signal¡¯ last week by shooting down one satellite.
    Most of the American Navy is now on the Iranian coast.
    The Alex Jones website gives details about a new shoulder fired missile the Iranian got from the Russians, it can not be blocked, a single Iranian soldier on the beach can blow up an American aircraft carrier.
    Nexus Magazine gives full details about the coming attack on Iran.
    And finally, a paragraph from an article today on the Rense website:
    Armageddon Imminent By Nuking Iran?
    Only immediate protest by members of Congress
    and all concerned Americans may prevent it
    ¡°¡¦Cleverly manipulating those self-deceived “Christian”-Zionist leaders, amoral Dick Cheney, the Neo-(phoney)”conservatives” and influential Jewish-Zionists here in America and in Israel (whose military reportedly has SIX HUNDRED thermonuclear and atomic warheads), do not believe in the “Book of Revelation.” They have a different future in mind… They want Iran (as well as Syria) physically smashed and dismembered – to establish eventual Zionist Israeli domination of (whatever will be left of) the Middle East¡¦..¡±
    ¡¦.my prediction:
    Israel, Iran, Europe and most of the Middle East will be wiped off the map soon, most likely much of the USA too. If WW3 breaks, two thirds of the earths human population will be gone.
    GOD BLESS AUSTRALIA
    GOD BLESS JOHN HOWARD

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  9. James Heaven says:

    James Heaven
    Cheney to visit Howard-Downer in two weeks, get ready, we are going to attack Iran. Armageddon? WW3?
    When we have such visit, it is to pass confidential information personally to John Howard and Downer ONLY, and not to his staff or any other Australians.
    Get ready for mandatory draft; we must ¡®protect¡¯ Israel and Iran/Iraq oil!
    Did you forget GULF OF TONKIN? DON¡¯T!!!
    We will have another one soon next to Iran, and then we will have an excuse to attack Iran.
    ¡®THEY¡¯ need another 911 to justify nuking Iran, As one Sydney psychic confidently speculated last week on TV, ¡®THEY¡¯ will nuke one American city this year (¡°dirty bomb¡±), no wonder Cheney is so urgent to visit Canberra this month, get ready!
    The Rense website posted an article today revealing that the Russians could read all communications between Israel and the Americans regarding the coming attack on Iran, I hope that George Negus will read this article very carefully. If the Russians knew, the Chinese most likely also¡¦. No wonder the Chinese gave us a ¡®signal¡¯ last week by shooting down one satellite.
    Most of the American Navy is now on the Iranian coast.
    The Alex Jones website gives details about a new shoulder fired missile the Iranian got from the Russians, it can not be blocked, a single Iranian soldier on the beach can blow up an American aircraft carrier.
    Nexus Magazine gives full details about the coming attack on Iran.
    And finally, a paragraph from an article today on the Rense website:
    Armageddon Imminent By Nuking Iran?
    Only immediate protest by members of Congress
    and all concerned Americans may prevent it
    ¡°¡¦Cleverly manipulating those self-deceived “Christian”-Zionist leaders, amoral Dick Cheney, the Neo-(phoney)”conservatives” and influential Jewish-Zionists here in America and in Israel (whose military reportedly has SIX HUNDRED thermonuclear and atomic warheads), do not believe in the “Book of Revelation.” They have a different future in mind… They want Iran (as well as Syria) physically smashed and dismembered – to establish eventual Zionist Israeli domination of (whatever will be left of) the Middle East¡¦..¡±
    ¡¦.my prediction:
    Israel, Iran, Europe and most of the Middle East will be wiped off the map soon, most likely much of the USA too. If WW3 breaks, two thirds of the earths human population will be gone.
    GOD BLESS AUSTRALIA
    GOD BLESS JOHN HOWARD

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  10. James Heaven says:

    James Heaven
    Cheney to visit Howard-Downer in two weeks, get ready, we are going to attack Iran. Armageddon? WW3?
    When we have such visit, it is to pass confidential information personally to John Howard and Downer ONLY, and not to his staff or any other Australians.
    Get ready for mandatory draft; we must ¡®protect¡¯ Israel and Iran/Iraq oil!
    Did you forget GULF OF TONKIN? DON¡¯T!!!
    We will have another one soon next to Iran, and then we will have an excuse to attack Iran.
    ¡®THEY¡¯ need another 911 to justify nuking Iran, As one Sydney psychic confidently speculated last week on TV, ¡®THEY¡¯ will nuke one American city this year (¡°dirty bomb¡±), no wonder Cheney is so urgent to visit Canberra this month, get ready!
    The Rense website posted an article today revealing that the Russians could read all communications between Israel and the Americans regarding the coming attack on Iran, I hope that George Negus will read this article very carefully. If the Russians knew, the Chinese most likely also¡¦. No wonder the Chinese gave us a ¡®signal¡¯ last week by shooting down one satellite.
    Most of the American Navy is now on the Iranian coast.
    The Alex Jones website gives details about a new shoulder fired missile the Iranian got from the Russians, it can not be blocked, a single Iranian soldier on the beach can blow up an American aircraft carrier.
    Nexus Magazine gives full details about the coming attack on Iran.
    And finally, a paragraph from an article today on the Rense website:
    Armageddon Imminent By Nuking Iran?
    Only immediate protest by members of Congress
    and all concerned Americans may prevent it
    ¡°¡¦Cleverly manipulating those self-deceived “Christian”-Zionist leaders, amoral Dick Cheney, the Neo-(phoney)”conservatives” and influential Jewish-Zionists here in America and in Israel (whose military reportedly has SIX HUNDRED thermonuclear and atomic warheads), do not believe in the “Book of Revelation.” They have a different future in mind… They want Iran (as well as Syria) physically smashed and dismembered – to establish eventual Zionist Israeli domination of (whatever will be left of) the Middle East¡¦..¡±
    ¡¦.my prediction:
    Israel, Iran, Europe and most of the Middle East will be wiped off the map soon, most likely much of the USA too. If WW3 breaks, two thirds of the earths human population will be gone.
    GOD BLESS AUSTRALIA
    GOD BLESS JOHN HOWARD

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  11. James Heaven says:

    James Heaven
    Cheney to visit Howard-Downer in two weeks, get ready, we are going to attack Iran. Armageddon? WW3?
    When we have such visit, it is to pass confidential information personally to John Howard and Downer ONLY, and not to his staff or any other Australians.
    Get ready for mandatory draft; we must ¡®protect¡¯ Israel and Iran/Iraq oil!
    Did you forget GULF OF TONKIN? DON¡¯T!!!
    We will have another one soon next to Iran, and then we will have an excuse to attack Iran.
    ¡®THEY¡¯ need another 911 to justify nuking Iran, As one Sydney psychic confidently speculated last week on TV, ¡®THEY¡¯ will nuke one American city this year (¡°dirty bomb¡±), no wonder Cheney is so urgent to visit Canberra this month, get ready!
    The Rense website posted an article today revealing that the Russians could read all communications between Israel and the Americans regarding the coming attack on Iran, I hope that George Negus will read this article very carefully. If the Russians knew, the Chinese most likely also¡¦. No wonder the Chinese gave us a ¡®signal¡¯ last week by shooting down one satellite.
    Most of the American Navy is now on the Iranian coast.
    The Alex Jones website gives details about a new shoulder fired missile the Iranian got from the Russians, it can not be blocked, a single Iranian soldier on the beach can blow up an American aircraft carrier.
    Nexus Magazine gives full details about the coming attack on Iran.
    And finally, a paragraph from an article today on the Rense website:
    Armageddon Imminent By Nuking Iran?
    Only immediate protest by members of Congress
    and all concerned Americans may prevent it
    ¡°¡¦Cleverly manipulating those self-deceived “Christian”-Zionist leaders, amoral Dick Cheney, the Neo-(phoney)”conservatives” and influential Jewish-Zionists here in America and in Israel (whose military reportedly has SIX HUNDRED thermonuclear and atomic warheads), do not believe in the “Book of Revelation.” They have a different future in mind… They want Iran (as well as Syria) physically smashed and dismembered – to establish eventual Zionist Israeli domination of (whatever will be left of) the Middle East¡¦..¡±
    ¡¦.my prediction:
    Israel, Iran, Europe and most of the Middle East will be wiped off the map soon, most likely much of the USA too. If WW3 breaks, two thirds of the earths human population will be gone.
    GOD BLESS AUSTRALIA
    GOD BLESS JOHN HOWARD

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  12. rich says:

    ET and Carroll–Best bet is to contact the Quakers (Society of Friends), either AFSC or FCNL would be able to give you chapter and verse on the viability and effectiveness of tax-based protest. There’s a loong history.

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  13. MP says:

    Zathras writes: “At the risk of becoming very unpopular here…”
    Yes, isn’t it a shame that you have to look over your shoulder on these comments before speaking your mind?

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  14. pauline says:

    Carroll wrote:
    “They can’t do anything without OUR money.”
    You mean they can’t do anything like —
    — vote themselves a nice raise?
    — get free health insurance?
    — get a fabulous retirement plan?
    — pass laws that will greatly assist those who give them lots of campaign money?
    — work only a few days each week?
    — hire their families and friends?
    — take an oath to uphold our Constitution and then not keep their hand-on-the-bible promise?
    Why, I thought we had the best congress money can buy?!

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  15. Linda says:

    And don’t forget that in the late 1990s, both Zal Khalilzad and Karzai of Afghanistan were consulting for Unocal and talking to Taliban about a pipeline across Afghanistan.

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  16. ET says:

    Carroll, I tried to research this. No luck, so far. I ran into the usual non-paying suspects on post office walls.
    I wish the blogosphere would get active on this topic. Is there a way to apply economic sanctions as a “conscientious objector American taxpayer” where we could, say, line item specify that our money not be used for combat/wars of aggression, etc? And, we can designate the money go, instead, to refugee efforts, soldiers’ kids, etc?
    Any clues?

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  17. Carroll says:

    Posted by becca at January 30, 2007 10:30 AM
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    I agree.
    I think the only effective “protest” by the public would be to refuse to pay our taxes…just refuse, burn your tax return on the steps of congress and tell them they are on their own.
    They can’t do anything without OUR money.

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  18. Finest says:

    Focus on the World (awhile ago):
    The United States today announced today that with the annexation of Mexico and Venezuela it had reached it’s goal of oil independence and had no need to invade Iraq, those two countries being so much nearer to the oil centers in the Gulf of Mexico. In fact, Ari Fleishcher said, there is now no need to be afraid of Saddam Hussein’s WMD, nuclear proliferation, jihad creep, Kurdish annihilation, or suicide bombers being paid for causing mayhem in the Holy Land. In fact, he said, life as we now know it is…ah…perfect.

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  19. ET says:

    semper fubar, I just read that on the list of 41 Cheney staffers appears the name Tutwiler, Lucile A — Staff Asst.
    The Tutwilers were next door neighbors to the Halliburtons. Richard Halliburton flew King Faisal I over Iraq to show him surface strata and underlying oil features, between World Wars.
    Apparently, Marge Tutwiler was James Baker’s Undersec. of State, the first director of Iraqi communications, and recent NYSE VP who also chaired as Dean for University of Alabama’s Communication program.
    So …they’re big movers in oil and telecomms. They can influence media for each of those matters. The family owns steel mills at India as well…

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  20. Bob Reid says:

    Just before the invasion, I was at the United Nations and had a chance to relax in the delegate lounge. The person I was with was pointing people out in the room and one of whom was the ambassador from Iraq. He agreed to speak with me and I asked him why he thought that we were going to invade his country. His reply was that” The United States would like nothing better to have Iraq without the people, just the oil!”
    At the time, any suggestions that oil had anything to do with our mission was being laughed off by the government. I would love to have more information about what is happening with “the oil”.

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  21. Matthew says:

    Just more evidence of the enormity of the War Crime. I think we can coin a name for our time, we are the “Disgraceful Generation.” Maybe, Tom Brokaw will write a book about us.

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  22. semper fubar says:

    Anyone want to refute “No war for oil” now?
    This has always, forever and only been about one thing- OIL. (Oh yeah, with a little ‘ISRAEL FIRST’ thrown in along the way.)
    Anyone who says this war was about the well-being of the “Iraqi people” or even ‘terrorism’ is nothing but a damn liar. Not just ‘mistaken,’ not just ‘naive,’ but a damn liar.

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  23. Zathras says:

    I take Steve’s point about refugee assistance. Not only neighboring countries governments, friendly to the United States, but the Kurdish region of northern Iraq as well are being burdened by large numbers of refugees. We don’t serve our own interests by ignoring the problem.
    At the risk of becoming very unpopular here, though, may I ask Steve approximately how many Iraqis he’d like to resettle in the United States? One of the many differences between Iraq today and Vietnam thirty-odd years ago is that the United States had genuine friends in South Vietnam, one of several reasons why the case for staying in Vietnam circa, say, 1971 was stronger than the case for staying in Iraq today. Moreover, since the Communist victory in 1975 effectively cut Indochina off from the outside world there was little opportunity for exiled Vietnamese to use America as a base to continue to continue the political struggle in their native country.
    The situation in Iraq today is very different. As a matter of general policy I think it unwise to make immigration of Arabs to the United States as easy as it is for people from other parts of the world; however, with respect to Iraq I could go along with the argument that we ought to take in more than 466 asylum seekers, interpreters, former CPA employees and so forth. How many more? For how many years?
    To be consistent with the ideology professed by the administration we really ought to take hundreds of thousands of Iraqi refugees on humanitarian grounds, and so they could continue the struggle to bring freedom and democacy to their country once the fighting slackens. Since I don’t share that ideology I am unenthusiastic about this idea, and rather think that most Americans would tend to agree with me. I understand Steve isn’t proposing this. So what is he proposing?

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  24. ET says:

    Look at that precious little girl and talk to me about No Child Left Behind.
    President Bush, you are a fraud. You have committed impeachable crimes against humanity. And you, his many enablers, take a long look at that picture and tell us all about *your* meaningful careers. You rape the truth and expect us to call it love.
    Elementary Teacher

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  25. gq says:

    Hey Steve,
    Where is Chuck Hagel on this issue? If he truly is so great on Iraq and foreign policy in general, surely he has been working to address this somehow.

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  26. MP says:

    Mat writes: “The only people we were concerned about when we invaded Iraq were the stockholders in the oil companies.”
    Sen. Lugar’s comments bear repeating, but I’ll “reprint” just this bit because it says it ALL in a nutshell. AMEN.

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  27. bcccc says:

    Has anyone noticed that Steve Clemons’s blog is getting mentioined everywhere? I heard it get referred to on Fox News even as a place where big stuff was happening and that Hillary Clinton responded to Steve and vice versa.
    It’s really cool as I have seen this blog grow from scratch. Kind of inspiring actually.
    Keep up the great work Steve.

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  28. sdemetri says:

    It’s not about the people, and has never been about the people.
    Setting up a de facto tyranny of the majority in Iraq and calling it democracy, is putting lipstick on a pig. It never was about the people. It is about power and control.

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  29. Mat Conly says:

    I’m surprised that is comes as news that there are 3.5 million or so Iraqi refugees suffering in other countries in the Middle East. There have been several articles telling of their plight in Jordan and Syria. Wasn’t one of the purposes of this ill begotten adventure: “to help the Iraqi people.” All that’s left now is to pull back from the cities, take over and secure the oil fields, give Exon and its friends their due (Sen Lugar in today’s Washington Post aside from calling Bush’s plan brilliant noted: “we need to plan for a potent redeployment of U.S. forces in the region to defend oil assets. . . “,) The only people we were concerned about when we invaded Iraq were the stockholders in the oil companies.

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  30. Darryl Mason says:

    That says it all really, doesn’t it?
    Millions need to be relocated, refugeed if you will, but cities like Baghdad are far too dangerous to even have refugee processing centres.
    It’s remarkable how quiet Syria and Jordan have been, considering the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi refugees they’ve taken in.
    This is depopulation of an entire country.

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  31. rich says:

    How does everyone invert the Pottery Barn Rule?
    If you stay in the store and keep breaking everything in sight–including the store itself–they make you leave.
    The “problem” is NOT, and never has been, Bush’s to fix. Sovereignty dictates the problem belongs TO Iraqis, and that solutions be generated BY Iraqis. Any attempt to take responsibility for the mess is an attempt to usurp that.
    Any GENUINE desire by Bush to take responsibility for his mistakes entails returning to an adherence to the Constitution and the rule of law–to repair the rupture in the social fabric and the profound breach of trust with Bush’s fellow citizens.
    Because for Bush, the “problem” is that sovereignty exists at all.

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  32. becca says:

    This is all becoming more than any rational human being can suck up!!!
    WHY ARE WE SUPPORTING THESE EVIL, VILE, WINGNUT WELFARE FRAUDS BY PAYING OUR TAXES???????

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  33. zeek says:

    We can’t be letting Iraqis walk away from the fight we started. We need them to stay and kill one another, take our troops’ place as cannon fodder, and pump oil for us and our friends.
    What if the country emptied out, and all that was left was insurgents and (obviously) people who must sympathize with them? It would be like Fallujah before we flattened it, with us on the inside!

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  34. Pissed Off American says:

    Brown skinned evil doers. Last thing in the world Bush wants is those Muslim nasties here spreading malicious rumors about what as done to their country.

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