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Is the Administration Using Afghanistan as an Excuse Again, Like Before Iraq?

January 26, 2007

As most of us know that before going into Iraq, the Bush War Machine used money allocated for Afghanistan to start preparation for the invasion. Now the Bush War Machine is asking congress for 8 to 9 billion dollars saying that there could be a springtime attack by the Taliban.


After the bloodiest year in Afghanistan since the U.S. invasion, the Bush administration is preparing a series of new military, economic and political initiatives aimed partly at preempting an expected offensive this spring by Taliban insurgents, according to senior U.S. officials.
Even as it trumpeted a change of course in Iraq this month, the White House has completed a review of U.S. policy in Afghanistan. It will ask Congress for $7 billion to $8 billion in new funds for security, reconstruction and other projects in Afghanistan as part of the upcoming budget package, officials said.

Even though the money and troops are needed in Afghanistan, it was needed for a while and never ask for in the past. Knowing what has happen in the past with funds meant for other things that ended up funding the Bush War Machine’s debacle in Iraq.

One of the sad things is, Congress will give him the money so that they cannot be labeled as not supporting the troops in Afghanistan. It has become disturbing that most of the legislators care more about their political life, than they do the troops.

Thanks to the escalation Bush wants in Iraq, troops have been pulled out of Afghanistan, and sent to Iraq. While others have had their tours extended.

The U.S. military said yesterday that about 3,500 soldiers in the Army’s 10th Mountain Division will have their tours in Afghanistan extended by four months, as part of an effort to beef up U.S. troop strength.


My thought is, you will see the call for more troops sent to Afghanistan before the spring. Moreover, in time for a possible attack on Iran. Then again, they could be moved to Iraq. Afghanistan was an excuse for this administration to get in the region, and is possibly going to be that once again.

If you think that either side is going to get the U.S. out of the Middle East in this decade, or even in the next, you are sadly mistaken. The Democrats are in a posture to be tricked by the administration because of their stance on Afghanistan.

The U.S. politics surrounding Afghanistan offer an intriguing counterpoint to the U.S. politics regarding Iraq. While most Democrats fiercely oppose President Bush’s plan to send another 21,000 troops to Iraq, they support a more invigorated battle in Afghanistan. If anything, they say, the administration has neglected Afghanistan, failing to insist that NATO allies assume more of the burden in maintaining stability there.

As we heard in the State Of The Union message, George W. Bush has it bad for Iran and Syria. We all know that Iran is a supporter of terrorist, such as Al Qaeda and Hezbollah, but as of tonight, the world leaders are telling Bush not to go after Iran. Pakistan has told the White House, this would be a catastrophic, not only to the Mid-East region but also to the world.
I feel that this is a wise suggestion, and if there were ever a time for a strong collation before an attack, Iran would be that time. This is not the time for whoever will be leading this country when the time comes to play cowboy. Remember even John Wayne had help in his movies.


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  1. January 26, 2007 8:24 pm

    Good stuff Aba! Use the tag politics so you reach more people. You have great stuff and it needs to be read by as many as possible!


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