Saturday, July 22, 2006

The Variables Ate My Homework

Today is Saturday, 22 July 2006.

Thanks to for noting the following in the 2005 Department of Defense budget appropriation law:

"The President shall provide to the Congress a report detailing the estimated costs over the period from fiscal year 2006 to 2011 of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, or any related military operations in and around Iraq and Afghanistan, and the estimated costs of reconstruction, internal security, and related economic support to Iraq and Afghanistan… the report referenced above shall be submitted no later than January 1, 2005.” [Italics and bolding added, as also below.]

So where’s the report? In May 2005, then OMB director Joshua Bolton provided the following excuse: “there are too many variables to predict accurately.”

The variables ate my homework.

King George’s team knows they’re lying. As has been previously noted in these columns, a Nobelist and economist, using standard analytic methodology accepted world-wide, has demonstrated that the probable cost to the American taxpayer of the attempted conquests of Afghanistan and Iraq will total at least $1 trillion.

Because wars don’t cost just bullets and people, they cost wasted productivity, future medical costs, replacement of munitions and tanks, reconstruction costs, interest on the money borrowed to finance all of the above, etc.

King George knows from experience: if he conceals from and lies to the American people, most of them will blissfully close their eyes and ears and keep on guzzling gas and supersizing their meals (while downsizing their life expectancies). So long as they and theirs aren’t dying, so long as the bill is deported into the future, they’ll let George War destroy as many countries, slaughter as many hundreds of thousands of lives, as it takes for him to pursue his imperial fantasies.

King George may be breaking every law he can get his hands on, but many Americans are damning their souls for a mess of pottage.

As so often before, a plurality of Americans have achieved the kind of gangster chieftain their squalid crime family deserves.


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