Friday, December 02, 2005

You Can’t Support The Troops If You Openly Exploit Them.

While the Bush White House continues the mantra of “staying the course”, the American public has grown increasingly tired of Bush’s war for oil, and have called for the war to come to an end. A few weeks ago Representative Murtha produced headlines when he told the American public the truth: That our very presence in Iraq is what is fueling the insurgency.

With an overwhelming chorus from the American people demanding some sort of exit strategy from Iraq, Bush made a speech on Wednesday saying that we must continue to “stay the course” until there is “progress on the ground”.

Which leads one to wonder, is this administration even remotely capable of producing progress in Iraq, when the last three years have proven to be an utter failure, growing worse by the day?

Despite all the failures in the Iraq war, no one in this administration has been fired for its mishandling. Rumsfeld continues to call the shots, producing the shoddy results. One would think that if this administration even remotely supported own men and women fighting in Iraq, Bush would at least have the gumption to show Rumsfeld the door.

Instead, the administration ordered the Veterans Administration to review the status of Iraqi War vets, claiming there was massive fraud in the number of vets returning home claiming to be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Despite that the Pentagon knows that one in four Iraq War vets return home with some combination of mental or physical illness, the VA was to review 72,000 current cases for VA disability benefits, and review them for fraud.

But this isn’t the first time the Bush administration has played the lip service of “supporting the troops” while actively screwing them. Just last year the administration cut $1.5 billion in funds to military family housing and medical facilities. But that was followed by a cut of monthly imminent-danger pay for our troops from $225 to $150. Back at home, while their loved ones were being shot at, the Bush administration cut the family-separation allowance from $250 to $100 a month. Then, the Bush administration refused to give National Guard and Reserve members access to the Pentagon’s health-insurance system. As a result the GAO found that one in five Guard members don’t even have any health insurance.

It doesn’t end there. The Bush administration continued to “support the troops” by cutting access to health care for 164,000 veterans. While this administration try to wage war on the cheap, in order to keep public funds flowing to Dick Cheney’s Halliburton, the Bush administration plans to cut $910 million from the Department of Veterans Affairs in fiscal year 2006. The cuts to the VA, which have been consistent under this administration, has been so bad that veterans are having to wait six months for medical appointments, while those in need of receiving disability compensation must wait anywhere from six months to two years.

And it doesn’t end there. According to the Army Times, the Bush administration tried to cap the raises for E-1s, E-2s and O-1s at a measly 2 percent, more than half the average raise of 4.1%. Meanwhile, the 2005 VA health care budget was called “the lowest appropriation…made by any Administration in nearly a decade,” by the Paralyzed Veterans of America. Then, this administration, who has been so apt at wasting federal tax dollars, called the 2004 defense budget laid out by Congress as “wasteful and unnecessary.” Why? Because it included a proposal to double the $6,000 gratuity paid to families of troops who die on active duty. While Americans are dying more and more in Iraq, the Bush administration has decided that the value of a soldier’s life is not even worth that of one year’s wage working at McDonald’s.

So, if we are to “stay the course” in Iraq, then shouldn’t we actually be supporting the troops instead of actively screwing them?

7 Comments:

Blogger MiamiMiami said...

OH MY GOD!!!!!!!

Senator Lieberman absolutely is my favorite Democrat ever....He might even get my vote...I am starting to get scared!


Friday, Dec. 2, 2005 1:24 p.m. EST
Sen. Joe Lieberman: Saddam Had WMD Programs

Following up on his Wall Street Journal article Tuesday defending the Iraq war, Sen. Joseph Lieberman is reminding Bush administration critics that it's wrong to claim that Saddam Hussein had no weapons of mass destruction when the U.S. attacked in 2003.

"The so-called Duelfer Report, which a lot of people read to say there were no weapons of mass destruction - concluded that Saddam continued to have very low level of chemical and biological programs," Lieberman told ABC Radio host Sean Hannity on Wednesday.

"[Saddam] was trying to break out of the U.N. sanctions by going back into rapid redevelopment of chemical and biological and probably nuclear [weapons]," Lieberman said, calling the Iraqi dictator "a ticking time bomb."

"I have no regrets" that the U.S. toppled Saddam, the former vice presidential candidate explained. "I think we can finish are job there, and as part of it - really transform the Arab-Islamic world."

Lieberman said that his fellow Democrats haven't taken kindly to his decision to buck his party on Iraq.
"There's been some grumbling," he told Hannity. "In Connecticut there's a 'Dump Joe' web site that has cropped up."

But Lieberman added, "I've been here long enough where, at this stage in my career, I'm going to do what I think is right."


====>Although this might only fuel your Jewish conspiracy thing you have going...

5:22 PM  
Blogger MiamiMiami said...

Purple Fingers: On Showing Support to the Iraqis & their Dec. 15 Election, from the NRO/CORNER
PURPLE REVOLUTION 11-28-05

I don't know if the idea is original with our audience or not, it's a big country and hard to keep track of all the good ideas out there--but we had a caller today with a great idea, an inoculation against the tide of the Main Stream Media's (or what I call the Alien Media Nation) constant denigration of our fight and effort in Iraq. The continued drumbeat against the war in our culture, high and low, can only serve to hurt the morale of our soldiers and our allies--including the Iraqis themselves. They, despite all we see and hear, are going to the polls next month--for their third election in a year, each election being a remarkably courageous demonstration. So how do we show them our support? How do we let them--and our soldiers--know we stand with and behind them? Americans should start putting purple ink on their right index fingers the week before their Dec. 15 election. And let Iraqis, let American soldiers, let our allied forces see that demonstration here. NBC, CNN, the New York Times want a picture to tell a thousand words? They want a picture of how the majority of Americans feel? Let 'em print our purple fingers--and let the Iraqis on Dec. 15 show even more.

3:34 AM  
Blogger Alva Goldbook said...

Miami,
Lieberman would be right to say that Saddam had some low level skeleton of a biological/chemical PROGRAMS on the shelf. Now, let's go back to March, 2003. Suppose the Squatter in the White House told Congress, that we must remove "the ticking time bomb" in Iraq because he has a weapons system that is continually degrading, and becoming less of a threat by the day, but still, his government had those programs on the SHELF, that someday he HOPES he can put into action. How many Congressmen would have voted to send 150,000 of our men and women to the desert to DIE, because Saddam's weapon capabilities were becoming LESS AND LESS of a threat by the day?

Lieberman, is a Zionist Jew, period. He wishes for the Hebrews to control all of the Middle East, period. Furthermore, Lieberman also wants to CENSOR music, videogames, and movies, because...well, he doesn't like it, and feels he should make those decisions FOR YOU.

Lieberman thinks that the best way to keep jobs here at home, instead of multinational corporations shipping 30,000 jobs to India (as GM just did) is not to FIX OUR TRADE POLICIES, but to give companies like GM another TAX CUT.

And most of all Lieberman is buddy-buddy with Pat Robertson. Furthermore, Lieberman has very close ties to Tipper Gore, and her PMRC (Parents Music Resource Council), whose primary goal is to censor the music you and I buy. That same PMRC is closely connected to a police fraternity association for the LAPD, which advises the PMRC. One of the things they advise the PMRC of, is that the Jewish Star of David is a SATANIC SYMBOL.

Lieberman is a nutcase, plain and simple.

2:36 PM  
Blogger Alva Goldbook said...

hmm,
What is hurting the morale of our soldiers? People like Cindy Sheehan who are fighting to BRING THEM HOME, or the Bush administration sending them over to Iraq to fight and die for a lie? I suppose not bothering to give our soldiers body armor is great for their morale? Perhaps cutting their combat pay makes them ever more proud to be fighting in dying for a lie?

The Dec. 15th election is just another "milestone" that means nothing. The Reich-wing will yap quite a lot about it, but quite frankly, they're the only ones who give a damn about it, one way or the other. Meanwhile, instead of one soldier dying a day, we're seeing 10 soldiers die per day. Talk about "progress".

2:40 PM  
Blogger MiamiMiami said...

Miami,
Lieberman would be right to say that Saddam had some low level skeleton of a biological/chemical PROGRAMS on the shelf. Now, let's go back to March, 2003. Suppose the Squatter in the White House told Congress, that we must remove "the ticking time bomb" in Iraq because he has a weapons system that is continually degrading, and becoming less of a threat by the day, but still, his government had those programs on the SHELF, that someday he HOPES he can put into action. How many Congressmen would have voted to send 150,000 of our men and women to the desert to DIE, because Saddam's weapon capabilities were becoming LESS AND LESS of a threat by the day?
====>Unfortunately for you and most of the Democratic party that was NOT the case. The intelligence that they had was the same that the President had. That intelligence was also the same that the Germans, French, British and Russians had. The intelligence was that it was NOT a low level program. It was not intelligence that suggested that it was "on the shelf". That's the problem that the Democrats have. Their own words from that time and before shows us that they too believed the very same intellignece that the President believed. They had every opportunity to question it and chose not to. Why? Because the intelligence was credible. The very same Democrats who are touting this insanity that the President lied somehow are the very same Democrats who vote to give him the authority to act. Now they want to re-write history in such a way as to say that they never supported him. At least Lieberman has the intestinal fortitude to say that not only did he believe the intelligence was accurate but stands by his decision then and now. So that leads one to wonder. Were the Democrats incapable of standing up for their beliefs in 2002 when they supposedly believed way back then that the intelligence was doctored that they voted to give the President authority to invade Iraq anyways? If that's the case they are the most culpable for any of the mess they claim has occured in Iraq for if they had only stood up to him then when they supposedly knew that the President was lying then the Iraq war would have never happened! But that's not what happened was it? Could it be that these same Democrats were also lying? Or were they just too cowardly to defend their beliefs way back then? Either way you slice it they are in need of either a spine transplant or a memory upgrade.

Lieberman, is a Zionist Jew, period. He wishes for the Hebrews to control all of the Middle East, period.
===>Spoken like a true anti-semite! Hitler would be proud. And you compare the right wing in this country to the third reich of Germnay? So if a Senator, who happens to be Jewish, disagrees with his party now he is part of this large grand Jewish conspiracy? HAHA! Where have I heard this before...let me think...oh yeah IN Alabama. SOme fellas called the KKK. Sad....

Furthermore, Lieberman also wants to CENSOR music, videogames, and movies, because...well, he doesn't like it, and feels he should make those decisions FOR YOU.
======>What deos that have to do with the subject at hand besides your obvious hatred for the Jews.

Lieberman thinks that the best way to keep jobs here at home, instead of multinational corporations shipping 30,000 jobs to India (as GM just did) is not to FIX OUR TRADE POLICIES, but to give companies like GM another TAX CUT.
====>Yeah imagine that. Make it so that a company can make more profit and hire more people. Silly isn't it? Must be why our economy has grown. Let's see...4.5 million jobs since May 2003. Not bad in my book. Burger King is giving $6000 sign-on bonuses in Louisiana because they can't hire enough people. yeah, it sucks.

And most of all Lieberman is buddy-buddy with Pat Robertson.
=====>AHHHH! Now I see how you tie it all in. The Jews AND the Christians are in it TOGETHER! Hitler would most definitely be very proud of his young disciple.


Furthermore, Lieberman has very close ties to Tipper Gore, and her PMRC (Parents Music Resource Council), whose primary goal is to censor the music you and I buy. That same PMRC is closely connected to a police fraternity association for the LAPD, which advises the PMRC. One of the things they advise the PMRC of, is that the Jewish Star of David is a SATANIC SYMBOL.
=======>So if she suggested the Frito's are signs of Islam would that make a difference? Besides as a lib I would think you would be more protective of the wife of the guy whose election was "stolen" from him.

Lieberman is a nutcase, plain and simple.
=====>Only because he is absolutely right and this is something that you can not possibly just sweep away with your obvious anti-Semitism. Typical for a liberal who tries so desperately to preach in past posts about what a "good Christian" would do while at the same time spouting such hatred the likes we have only seen by the real Nazi's. Zeig Heil Alva!

6:28 PM  
Blogger MiamiMiami said...

hmm,
What is hurting the morale of our soldiers? People like Cindy Sheehan who are fighting to BRING THEM HOME, or the Bush administration sending them over to Iraq to fight and die for a lie?
=====>Yeah those lying Democrats! I agree! it was a lie. A lie propogated by spineless Democrats who knew way back then that the intelligence was doctored but chose to vote for the war anyway! Oh you mean they also believed it back then too? Well then that would make them liars as well wouldn't it? So which one is it? Did they know back then and voted yes or did they beleive it then and forgot to mention that when they call Bush a liar? Hmmmm.

I suppose not bothering to give our soldiers body armor is great for their morale?
====>They have body armor. Nice try...

Perhaps cutting their combat pay makes them ever more proud to be fighting in dying for a lie?
======>Those men never, I mean never, joined for the "lucrative" pay. They joined and continue to re-enlist for something greater. It's called duty, honor, country. Things that you couldn't possibly understand.

The Dec. 15th election is just another "milestone" that means nothing.
=====>Again, good news is bad news for the libs and the left.

The Reich-wing will yap quite a lot about it, but quite frankly, they're the only ones who give a damn about it, one way or the other. Meanwhile, instead of one soldier dying a day, we're seeing 10 soldiers die per day. Talk about "progress".
===>Yet you seem to just think that you support our troops? By the way this "Purple Finger Project" is not in support of anyone but the IRAQI PEOPLE. I would think being such a "caring and loving" liberal that you are you would want to show how much you care for the Iraqi people's "milestone" by showing your solidarity. But I guess we all can see that this has never been about your objection to war so much as it is your hatred of Bush, liberty, and Jews. And why not show your support for the soldiers? I thought you "support the soldiers but not the war". So what would it hurt for you to show your support publically or would that hurt your street credit with your fellow socialists?

6:36 PM  
Blogger MiamiMiami said...

By the way dear Alva....we have been here before. You know toppling a bad guy and having the people in turmoil in the transition. It happened in Germany and guess what? We still have troops there! And they actually like us there! Read for yourself!


We have been here before

6:45 PM  

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