(2007 Oct blog post)
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In case you didn't know, Bush DID claim he was
on a mission from God, in almost those very words.
(Which will destroy humans on Earth first:
Meteor strike, temperature rise, or religions?)
'Bin Laden' died in an uncontrollable fit of laughter soon after the following became obvious to him:
President George Bush was going to be spending more than 10 billion dollars a month, that is, more than 120 billion a year (more than a tenth of a trillion a year) in Afghanistan and Iraq in response to an action that cost the terrorists on the order of $100,000 --- in flight lessons (in the United States) and in room-and-board (in the United States).
It became clear to Bin Laden that this spending was going to go on ... year after year after year.
On top of that, the 911 "perps" (perpetrators) were more economically conservative than a House Republican.
The terrorists kept their costs down. They did not even have to pay for their weapons of deadly destruction.
They used hi-jacked U.S. planes and the hi-jacked U.S. fuel to perpetrate their deadly and dastardly deeds.
These thoughts were too much for Bin Laden's lungs to take.
Bin Laden was laughing so hard he could not breathe.
Cause of death was asphyxiation from extreme laughter.
No wonder he would laugh so hard.
Note that 100,000 dollars (the estimated amount spent by the terrorists) is about one one-millionth of the 100-plus billion dollars spent yearly by the U.S. on the Mid-East wars that were triggered by the 9-11 attacks.
This fraction is far less than one-tenth of one percent --- in fact, the fraction is about one-ten-thousandth of one percent.
And that is a one-time cost to the terrorists being compared to an annual cost to the United States taxpayers.
Bin Laden and his buddies must figure that they got much more than one million to one leverage on their investment.
That's a heck of a lot better than any Wall Street manager has done.
The cumulative cost of the Iraq war to the U.S. was fast exceeding half a trillion dollars (Wikipedia link) in 2007.
And the costs of the war in Afghanistan (Wikipedia link) were similar in magnitude.
That must keep smiles on the faces of millions of U.S.-hating Muslims ... and help keep them going when things are tough. Projections that these wars will cost the U.S. at least 2 trillion dollars must really keep their spirits up.
This financial cost testifies to the military and financial 'wisdom' (this word is dripping in sarcasm) of Bush and his advisors, like Dick Cheney.
Apparently, a couple of trillion dollars is nothing to them. It's not their money. It's money paid by U.S. taxpayers --- and crushing debt for U.S. children.
(Actually, I suspect[ed] that Bin Laden was mortally wounded in the heavy carpet bombing of his mountain hideout in Afghanistan around 2004 --- or killed outright. He is probably dead for several years now. The audio tapes of his voice that have been released since 2003 or thereabout are probably faked.
In any case, the heavy fighting in 2006-2008, by Al-Qaeda in Iraq and by the Taliban in Afghanistan, indicates that it does not really matter whether he is dead or alive. Others will take his place --- and they have.)
Casualties and Suffering
I think it is absolutely criminal that the Bush Administration minimizes another major cost of that war --- besides the dollars and the deaths --- by seldom reporting casualties when reporting U.S. death figures.
3,000-plus dead is relatively frequently reported --- but we seldom hear of the 20,000-plus wounded, many reduced to a vegetative state by head wounds and left to the care of their mothers.
The administration spin-doctors are glad to assume that all wounded recover totally.
They don't want to draw attention to the fact that most of that 20,000-plus wounded will have various degrees and types of suffering for the rest of their lives --- and many of those lives will be cut short by "complications".
And, of course, the Bush-administration and FoxNews spin-doctors give even less attention to the deaths and sufferings of Iraqi civilians --- in the 100s of thousands by now.
This ignoring of Iraqi suffering makes it very unlikely that a politico-social solution will be found.
It has been reported that many analysts, generals, and administration spokes-people agree that military force alone cannot yield a solution.
So WHEN will we see some attempts at 'social' initiatives ... to counter incidents like
and other atrocities and counter-productive incidents?
Will someone like Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice --- or Defense Department generals --- speak out in favor of an "appeal to hearts and minds" strategy --- instead of pouring more weaponry into extremely volatile regions?
Don't make me laugh. I don't want to get started, and self-asphyxiate like Bin Laden did.
But I digress ...
U.S. financial condition
Bin Laden must be absolutely roaring with laughter in his grave (or wherever) now ... because instead of all this U.S. military expenditure resulting in "mission accomplished" (oops, a little pre-mature), the result he and we see now is that, on top of year-after-year of half-a-trillion dollar balance-of-payments deficits in the private sector, the federal government is incurring year-after-year of similar sized deficits.
Bin Laden must be in Muslim heaven observing how Bush is obliterating the progress that Clinton made in reducing the federal deficit.
And Bush is accelerating away from that positive financial position at an ever increasing pace.
Isn't this yet another example of the strange nature of the 'fiscal responsibility' and 'fiscal conservatism' of the Republican cohorts?
This military-only strategy (who cares about their hearts and minds) is what Fox News tries to convince the American people to rally around in each and every political "discussion" that they host.
I guess Hannity, O'Reilly, and Coulter are willing to promote anything for a comfortable salary and an air-conditioned desk far from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Osama Bin Laden must be happy that the FoxNews people are directing the attention of U.S. citizens away from any true chance at a successful strategy.
Osama Bin Laden must be going into additional paroxysms of laughter as he watches the U.S. dollar sink lower and lower in world money markets --- as the Great Recession started around mid-2007.
Bin Laden must be thinking that the devaluing of the dollar adds even more to the tremendous leverage he got out of a few hi-jacked U.S.-paid-for commercial jet planes.
Well, the sinking dollar sure is making for investment opportunities in new sectors.
I wonder how much of Cheney's and Bush's (and Rupert Murdoch's) investments have been switched from U.S. Treasury bonds and U.S. stocks to "emerging markets" funds and "EuroPacific" funds? And how much gold are they hiding on their respective properties --- or in off-shore accounts?
Could someone please check into those investments?
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