Tuesday, December 01, 2009

No More, Mr. President.

President Barack Obama will try to sell his reasons to the American public tonight for adding 30,000 more troops, at a estimated cost of $1 million per year for each additional soldier sent, as part of a new counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan. Yet another mess left to the new administration when the last administration took their eye off the ball when they had the chance to get Osama bin Laden, according to the Tora Bora Report to the members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

Some of us aren't buying it so easily:

Olbermann on Afghanistan: Get out now

Nov. 30: In a Special Comment, Countdown’s Keith Olbermann argues that in the face political and financial opportunism, not to mention outright lies about the war in Afghanistan, and the stark historical warning represented by Vietnam, President Obama should make the change he promised during his campaign and pull U.S. troops out of Afghanistan. 9:15

With tens of thousands of Americans dying yearly from lack of adequate health care and millions still going without health care, the Republicans are all too eager to let the country know just exactly where their priorities are:

Conservative Senators Embrace Putting Off Health Care For Americans In Favor Of Escalation In Afghanistan
Both a troop escalation and health care reform carry significant price tags — roughly $100 billion and $80-$100 billion a year respectively. (It should be noted that health care reform, unlike a troop surge, would cut the deficit.)

When it comes to these two debates, hawkish senators have laid out their priorities. They are more than willing to fund a risky troop surge that is increasingly opposed by both Americans and Afghans, yet remain stalwart opponents of health care reform that could save the lives of the 45,000 Americans who die every year because they lack access to health care. [...]

As the number of Americans on food stamps rises to an all-time high, the unemployment rate hits double-digits, and Americans continue to perish due to lack of health coverage, how can these senators justify draining funding from crucial domestic programs to pay for an escalation of the war in Afghanistan?

"The patience ends, Mr. President. We cannot afford this war."

Bring our troops home. Now.

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