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Thursday, March 04, 2004
 
I guess we are having great "success" in Afghanistan, too.
The administration no doubt believes that this massive increase in heroin production is an indicator of a healthy free market economy:
Britain faces a flood of cheap heroin following two years of bumper opium poppy harvests in Afghanistan, the United Nations warned last night...The UN-backed International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) warned that western Europe was about to pay the price of a surge in Afghanistan's heroin production since the Taliban was removed from power..."
Of course, Afghanistan has no oil, so sending Halliburton or Bechtel in to rebuild the country with no-bid, cost-plus contracts wouldn't be fiscally prudent. Speaking of great success, I see that things are going so well in Iraq that the administration doesn't feel that any more money is required!

In its' budget proposal for FY 2005 the Bush administration has left out any dollar request for the costs of the Iraqi occupation and reconstruction. The deficit is still huge, but they have made it clear to everyone that it has nothing to do with Iraq; it has to do with all their other "successful" policies! Good job, guys!

Of course, after the November elections, they might, just might, make a special funding request. But that's impossible to predict at this time.

By the way, the Senate Republican buget committee is not so optimistic. They have submitted a budget that earmarks $30 billion more for Iraq.
It... shows the effects of spending $30 billion to maintain U.S. forces in Iraq. Bush's budget omitted that expenditure, even as administration officials conceded they would ask for up to $50 billion after this November's presidential and congressional elections.
That's it. Total. No more money after that will be needed--Ever.

Is it just me, or are budgets supposed to be an honest estimate of future spending needs? Does everyone in this Administration live on planet Cheney?
 
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“There’s a lot of money to pay for this that doesn’t have to be U.S. taxpayer money, and it starts with the assets of the Iraqi people…and on a rough recollection, the oil revenues of that country could bring between $50 and $100 billion over the course of the next two or three years…We’re dealing with a country that can really finance its own reconstruction, and relatively soon.” -Paul Wolfowitz

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