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UpInArms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-08-03 09:27 PM
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A Deadbeat President Hawks His Dead- end War
http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=16736

In his first speech to the nation from the White House since he announced the bombing of Baghdad, President Bush rattled his begging bowl with vigor and conviction on television screens across America. "Yet we will do what is necessary, we will spend what is necessary, to achieve this essential victory in the war on terror, to promote freedom and to make our own nation more secure," he declared, as he hit Congress up for a whopping $87 billion dollar handout.

Indeed, it was hard to decide what was more appalling about Bush's address: The shamelessness with which he appealed for more deficit spending or the divorced-from-reality conviction with which he parroted his speechwriter's spin. The Pentagon source who called me moments after the speech, however, was unimpressed. "The gall," he seethed. "I'd like to give that son-of-a-bitch an $87 billion dollar enema."

Sadly, our president is far more likely to get his giant-sized appropriation. Congress after letting fly with a bit of theatrical tongue- lashing will likely accede to Bush's request, forking over precious taxpayer money to fund mostly military and intelligence operations that are long on cost and short on actual details.

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