When it comes to "progress" in Afghanistan, Steve is an optimist, I am a pessimist. But I think we can better grasp the problem by comparing and contrasing those two pieces, while keeping in mind some others. From Steve's piece:
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They just can't help themselves, can they? It's like some bizarre exhibitionist syndrome: When a Republican appointee gets access to money--what, in more innocent days, they themselves used to refer to as "your tax dollars"--it's Gentlemen, start your looting! Read more about The party of Caligula loots the Smithsonian
About $10 billion has been squandered [so far] by the U.S. government on Iraq reconstruction aid because of contractor overcharges and unsupported expenses, and federal investigators warned Thursday that significantly more taxpayer money is at risk.
I don't get it. The government's Republican, the contractors are Republican, so what's the point? Read more about The Waxman cometh
Rules? We don't need no stinking rules, beside "Democrats" passed them- they must be good! Like this one: if you can't pay my way for front seat tickets at the Bob Seger concert, I really don't care what you think. Here, have a "money" quote, it's the closest you'll ever come to the real thing:
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This movie is truly excellent. If you read this blog, much of what is discussed in it will not be new to you. Still, I encourage you to rent/buy it. What is best about it is the way in which it speaks so effectively to the audience that needs to hear the message the most- Bush voters. It is impossible to view this film and not come away with the sense that working class white Christians and patriots are little more than cannon fodder and slave labor for the elite warmongers and profiteers. Read more about The $99 Load of Laundry
Yeah, I know we "knew" these things oh, three years ago or so. But this is why it makes a difference to have Democratic chairs of committees and hearings out in the bright light of day. Because then you know things from the Congressional Record and hear about them from the AP, not dirty fucking hippie bloggers. This piece from the Raleigh NC N&O/AP could be better with some copy editing, so I have taken the liberty of rearranging some paragraphs. The material is otherwise unchanged:
Read more about Truth Bubbling Up Out of Blackwater
This time, the much-touted Bush AIDS initiative:
President Bush's ambitious AIDS-fighting program in poor countries has pushed so hard for fast results that basic record keeping and accountability often went by the wayside, making it hard to judge the true success, according to government audits and officials.
Since the Saudi Consigliere suggested we be out of Iraq by 2008- to Dear Leader's vocal disagreement, the Rethuglicans have the potential of removing what little main$tream media attention the antiwar movement has been given since November. Read more about Pay No Attention to the Oil Rig Behind the Curtain
Ahem. I've said it before, I'll say it again: past all the foily, racist, oil-based, hubris driven, adventuristic, pro-hardliners in Israel, and Oedipal reasons that drive this war, one stands above all others. It's the profit, stupid. No, really. Here is one surefire winner for the Dems. Fix this:
Read more about It's All About the Money and Always Has Been: Iraq