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Wide White: More federal $ down the toilet

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

More federal $ down the toilet

The main point of this "news story" by ABC was to talk about how moderate Republicans in the Senate have distanced themselves from Bush. However, what I noticed most was this comment, in reference to Condoleezza Rice defending herself and the Bush administration:
Rice tried to take the offensive by announcing an administration request for $75 million this year to build democracy in Iran, saying the U.S. must support Iranians who are seeking freedoms under what she called a radical regime.
I can't help but wonder where we're going to get this magical $75 million. Even if we get it, what will it really accomplish? So we "support Iranians who are seeking freedoms." I'm all for that. But I'm also reminded of Cuba, the Bay of Pigs, and...well, you know the story. If Bush is trying to mimick John F. Kennedy, he's making a big mistake. I'm also reminded of the Afghanis we supported in the 1980s. Can anyone say "bin Laden?" Those weapons we bought them have now been turned on us.

Throwing more money at the problem just won't fix it. That money should be used to put body armor on the troops who will be heading into Iran if the problem gets that bad.

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