This did it.One of the things that the goddam Bushies did that always pissed me off was this; pretending that the costs of fighting imperial war in the hustings of Southwest Asia wasn't part of the "Defense Budget", slipping these damn supplementals past the budgetary process like an old lady tiptoeing into bed with the gardener.
Now the Obamaites are doing the same damn thing.
It's not like we can't see what's coming. We've been in both places for donkey's years. Our wastage rate and resupply needs are pretty consistent. There's no reason that these couldn't go in the regular budget.
Oh, yeah. Except for the fact that it would remind everyone that were pissing cash down a firehose trying to simonize a couple of tribal Third World shitholes.
And this thing looks like they're not even trying. Let's see...
"The request includes $11.6 billion to replace military equipment, including $600 million to buy the last four Lockheed Martin Corp. F-22 fighters the Pentagon wants and $400 million for 12 Boeing Co. AH-64 Apache helicopters, $3.6 billion to beef up the Afghanistan Security Force, $1 billion in aid to Pakistan, $30 million to begin shutting down the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and $350 million to fight narcotics trafficking along the U.S.-Mexico border. What else? How 'bout $1.5 billion to continue efforts to counter roadside bombs, $1.2 billion to accelerate “Wounded Warrior” programs for injured and disabled troops and $3.8 million for classified military intelligence gathering. Another $2.2 billion would speed up the growth of the Army to 547,000 personnel and Marine Corps to 202,000 members. A mere $5.5 million to deploy about 73 mail-screening devices to diplomatic outposts abroad. $800 million in aid to Gaza and the West Bank, $89 million for efforts to secure nuclear materials in Russia, $200 million in disaster aid for Sudan and elsewhere in Africa, $242 million in aid to Georgia that was pledged in the wake of that country’s 2008 conflict with Russia and $13 million in humanitarian assistance to Burma."What? We couldn't see any of this coming? That $242 mil for our buddy Sakashvili was a black swan?
My ass. Obama's people managed to pull together a budget in the six months they've been working since the election, they couldn't have junked this crap in with it? The thing I tried for years to get my conservative pals to see (and which most of them just blinked at me owlishly when I mentioned it, like I was talking about frog sex or Dresden figurines or something) was that my headache with the Bushies wasn't that they were a bunch of unrealistic, rapacious, nepotistic and aggressive fatheads bent on shredding our governmental systems for their own selfish and/or partisan gain. It was that they were a bunch of unrealistic, rapacious, nepotistic and aggressive fatheads bent on shredding our governmental systems for their own selfish and/or partisan gain without a fucking clue what they were doing. They were like a bunch of special education kids using Semtex to blow the spillway gates off the Hoover Dam so they could get a drink of water. The damage wasn't just the damage they were doing at the time - it was the lasting damage they would leave behind.Morons.
So here it is, the truest, bestest Bushie legacy in action; their supposedly more adult, more responsible successors are using the Bush toys to play in the mud. It's like we've spent the past eight years living the Bourbon Dream: we've learned nothing but forgotten nothing.
Well, it's one thing for them to be Tom Fool and lead.
But it's another for us to be Jack Fool and follow.