Last week, we posted on the imminent escalation of the war in Iraq. Additional details have emerged over the weekend, so we are posting a brief update.
THE $1 BILLION QUESTION: WHERE DID THE IRAQ PUBLIC WORKS CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM COME FROM?
This is Rovian strategy at its best. We want to help bring peace to Iraq by bringing jobs to the Iraqi people.
First of all, this is what we were supposed to have been doing for the last three years. But we haven't.
Second, don't forget that the approved ONE year war budget (Iraq and Afghanistan) is $70 billion dollars already and they have requested an additional $100 billion. So out of the $170 billion, if a jobs and civil works program was so important, there's already plenty of money.
What they're doing is tying something that makes sense with something that doesn't. And forcing the Democrats to address them as a combined unit.
DEMOCRATS ARE WAFFLING.
Obviously, there are Democrats who already have publicly said "we need more troops." There are independent Senators who have a second agenda which is forcing them to say that they support more troops, and war with Iran.
And now we have the starting of the waffles.
Democrats are "strongly arguing" against the surge. They "won't give a blank check." Actually, the word they are searching for is "no."
LET'S TALK ABOUT THIS TONIGHT.
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