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Friday, October 30, 2020

Bush seeking billions to fund his wars

The late Senator Everett Dirksen of Illinois used to say, “a billion here, a billion there…pretty soon we’re talking about real money.”

Senator Dirksen would shaking his head now at the billions upon billions that flow into a black hole called the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

The Bush administration is planning to seek another $100 billion for military operations in the two countries for this year and yet another $145 billion for 2008. That will bring the cost to more than $300 billion over the next two years.

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Lies, damn lies and George W. Bush

By DOUG THOMPSON

One word will define forever the sad and despicable legacy of George W. Bush.

Liar.

Most politicians lie. They call it “spin” or “positioning” or “situation analysis” but evasion of truth becomes part of political life.

Yet lying is so ingrained into the Bush Administration that it now is impossible to accept, on face value, anything the President or his appointees say.

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Doom and gloom dominate Iraq report

With President George W. Bush stubbornly clinging to the fantasy that his ill-conceived Iraq war can be won by sending more Americans do their death, the latest National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) paints a grim picture of a deteriorating situation that is beyond the control of U.S. forces.

Even the most pro-war hawk in the Senate, Sen. John McCain, admits the situation in Iraq “can now best be described as dire and deteriorating” and adds that “our window of opportunity to reverse momentum may be closing.”

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Bush lied on cost, size of troop surge

In yet another lie from a war based on falsehoods, President George W. Bush offered inaccurate estimates on both the cost of his controversial “troop surge”plan and the number of American soldiers it will take to implement the program.

A report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says Bush’s program will cost $10 billion this year, nearly three times the President’s claim when he went on national TV last month and could send up to 48,000 troops into the war, more than twice his claim.

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Congress readies rebuke of Bush

By STEPHANIE GRIFFITH

Lawmakers are thrashing out the wording of a draft resolution condemning President George W. Bush’s plan to send more troops to Iraq ahead of the release of a pivotal US intelligence report on the war-ravaged country.

Amid tough bargaining in the Senate over a possible rebuke of Bush’s war plan, the office overseeing US intelligence said it planned Friday to make public “key judgments” of its first intelligence assessment on Iraq in more than two years.

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Americans most wanted

By DALE McFEATTERS

A German court has issued arrest warrants for 13 people described as a “CIA abduction team” for snatching a German citizen of Lebanese descent in Macedonia in 2003 and spiriting him off to Afghanistan where, the abductee says, he was shackled and beaten for five months before his interrogators were satisfied he had no ties to al Qaeda.

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Time for a real comedian in the Senate?

By ROB HOTAKAINEN

McClatchy Newspapers

Comedian and radio talk show host Al Franken has begun calling Democratic members of Congress and prominent Minnesota Democrats to tell them he will definitely challenge Republican Sen. Norm Coleman in 2008, McClatchy Newspapers has learned.

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The return of Hanoi Jane

By DAN K. THOMASSON

If you wondered what happened to “Hanoi Jane,” she’s alive and well and making a comeback.

The darling of the anti-Vietnam movement who lent her looks, voice and whatever prestige she had as a member of Hollywood’s elite Fonda family of actors to the turbulent protests of the ’60s and ’70s is once again at the head of the march, demonstrating against another president’s plan of action . . . this time in Iraq.

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When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping

By DALE McFEATTERS

Consumer spending drives the American economy and is the force behind such buoyant statistics as the surprisingly strong 3.6 percent growth rate in GDP during the last quarter. But there’s early evidence the consumer might be doing too good a job driving the economy.

Their savings rate is the lowest its been since the Great Depression and for the first time since the economically abysmal years of 1932 and 1933 Americans spent more than they earned for two consecutive years.

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