Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 3 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
OpEdNews Op Eds    H3'ed 4/21/13

Where did they find the money to send troops to Jordan?

By       (Page 1 of 1 pages)     (# of views)   4 comments, In Series: The Money Party
Author 3863
Follow Me on Twitter     Message Michael Collins
Become a Fan
  (121 fans)

dollar shredded
Copyrighted Image? DMCA
- Advertisement -

by Tax Credits

That's your Sunday moment of Zen.  We have sent troops to Jordan, specifically to the Jordan - Syria border.

The United States budget is in an state of disarray.  The crazies and the sleepwalkers in Congress can't engage in rational analysis and planning, so we're forced into robo-budget cutting.  Even without the histrionics of historic proportion, it is time to pay close attention to expenditures based on priorities for the vast majority of citizens. (Image)

The real unemployment rate is 23% when you count all those once employed who would work and those forced into part time employment. Our neglect of the environment and de facto stupidity has advanced climate change beyond the point of no return unless very prompt action is taken to correct the situation.

- Advertisement -

So what do those in power do?  Send troops to Jordan.


Copyrighted Image? DMCA

- Advertisement -

"The Pentagon is sending about 200 troops to Jordan, the vanguard of a potential U.S. military force of 20,000 or more that could be deployed if the Obama administration decides to intervene in Syria to secure chemical weapons arsenals or to prevent the 2-year-old civil war from spilling into neighboring nations."  LA Times, April 17

They'r'e teasing us with the initial number of 200 troops and tipping their hat to much larger  figure of 20,000.  That's troops, not support personnel, not contractors, not all the others it takes to support a combat force.  The troops will be on the Jordan - Syria border.  What better place to provoke an incident that will justify a rapid force  increase, a naval presence, etc. etc.?

Why would we do that?  Are we protecting Jordan from an invasion by hostile forces?  Are there vital U.S. interests there?  No on both accounts.  The troops were dispatched as part of a global chess game with the final outcome uncertain and without a final outcome imaginable that benefits the people of the United States.

We know two things for sure about the need for troops in Jordan.  They are not needed to protect against an imminent or conceivable threat of a military attack on the United States.  The second thing we know is that we cannot afford this expenditure, not in our current state of financial disarray.

The administration and many in Congress want the current government of Syria shut down.  We know how well that worked out when we insisted on that in Libya, now a veritable disaster zone.  We know how well it worked out in Iraq, more than  $3 trillion dollars later.  We know how well 11 years in Afghanistan worked out.  We have every reason to suspect that this initial commitment will become an excuse to draw the country into a violent civil war in behalf of the thug we want to replace the thugs in charge.  It's a massive downside risk with no benefits, all cost and no gain.

So when they say we just don't have money for a real jobs program, ask them --  Where did you find the money to send troops to Jordan?

- Advertisement -

When they say we can't afford to clean up the atmosphere in order to keep our children from choking to death, ask them -- Where did you find the money to send troops to Jordan?

And when they say, we need a new way to calculate the consumer price index for Social Security (a way that cuts annual benefits), as them -- Where did you find the money to send troops to Jordan?

END

This article may be reposted with attribution of authorship and a link to this article.

The Agonist

 

- Advertisement -

Must Read 4   Well Said 3   Valuable 2  
Rate It | View Ratings

Michael Collins Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Follow Me on Twitter     Writers Guidelines
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

STAY IN THE KNOW
If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
Name
Email
   (Opens new browser window)
 

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Ukraine President Once Agent for U.S. State Department

Worst President Ever - Barack H. Obama

It's official! You're on your own

Rigged Elections for Romney?

Real Unemployment at 23% - Dampening the Excitement

Humiliation And Death As A Tool Of National Policy