According to The American Conservative magazine, the high cost of the Iraq war is due partly to the large amount of gasoline–being imported into Iraq– burned by the U.S. military there. Robert Bryce writes that 3 million gallons a day is being used for Operation Iraqi Freedom. Some is being trucked in from neighboring Kuwait, and some is coming from Turkey, which in turn is getting oil from refineries in Greece. Over $900 million a week is being spent on fuel. Remember when Bush, and the members of his cabinet, and the media, said the war was going to pay for itself? Off of Iraqi oil revenues? You can read more about it, here.
This is about 35 min. In it, Obama offered a bit of media analysis:
“We can play Rev. Wright’s sermons on every channel every day, and talk about them from now until the election, and make the only question in this campaign whether or not the American people think that I somehow believe or sympathize with his most offensive words. We can pounce on some gaffe by a Hillary supporter as evidence that she’s playing the race card, or we can speculate on whether white men will all flock to John McCain in the general election regardless of his policies. We can do that. But if we do, I can tell you that in the next election, we’ll be talking about some other distraction. And then another one. And then another one. And nothing will change.”
(Remember the Howard Dean scream?)
An AP story yesterday says coverage of the Iraq war has dropped from 24% of newscasts to 1%. Why? CNN correspondent Arwa Damon said, “It’s no big secret that this is a war that everyone has grown tired of.”On Sunday, an LA Times headline declared, “Iraqi Feel-Good Stories Prove Elusive.”
So, what the media is trying to say, it seems, is that finding stories that agree with the Bush Administration’s fantasy about how the war is going is proving hard. Therefore, why report anything at all?
On this 5-year anniversary of the invasion, here are some hard facts that are worth dissemination:
70,000 American men and women in the armed services have been wounded in this conflict. An additional 250,000 need medical treatment for ailments ranging from post traumatic stress disorder to hearing loss. If the war ended today, it will cost $600 billion in medical expences for these vets. That’s not factoring in the cost of combat. The cost of lives lost. The cost of America’s reputation abroad. The cost of the long term mess in the Middle East.
If you want that, check out the book by Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz and Harvard professor Linda J. Bilmes: “The Three Trillion Dollar War: The true Cost of the Iraq Conflict.”
You won’t hear those facts on a station near you.
On the Fifth Anniversary of the U.S. Invation of Iraq, a Recap of One of the Lies That Brought Us to Where We Are Today:March 17, 2008
New York governor Elliot Spitzer just resigned for getting caught having sex with a prostitute. The Repubs in the State Legislature had threatened impeachment proceedings if he didn’t step down. So, down he went.
When it’s sex v. war, the ghosts of those damn Puritans win every time.
More hypocrisy: Condi Rice had the nerve to criticize China and Russia in a new, US-authored, human rights report. More self-righteous posturing and finger pointing from the people who brought you Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, secret renditions, and the so-called Patriot Act.
Just a day before the human rights report came out, Bush vetoed a law making water boarding illegal. Just a day after, the US refused UN human rights inspectors from visiting US-run detention centers in Iraq.
What will the Dems, who have controlled Congress since ’06, do? Probably nothing.