Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Millions for an Iraq Victory Party? I don't know whether to laugh or cry.

By Diane Silver

And now from the land of the fantasy-based politician comes news that the Republicans snuck through a line-item appropriation reserving many multiples of millions to celebrate our, ah, victory in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The New York Times reports:
Tucked away in fine print in the military spending bill for this past year was a lump sum of $20 million to pay for a celebration in the nation's capital "for commemoration of success" in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Not surprisingly, the money was not spent.

One of my son's best friends is in Iraq at this moment. He is supposed to come home this month. We are praying that his return isn't postponed, or that something much worse doesn't happen.

Why in the name of all that's holy couldn't the GOP be spending that money to protect him? Why couldn't they have spent a little of that before the war started to, well, do something ridiculous like plan a bit?

By the way, our not-so-beloved president declared "Mission Accomplished" three years ago.

Hat tip to the Wichita Eagle's WE Blog.

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