By spending on the war, America continues to fail


Published: Sunday, January 21, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 21, 2007 at 12:08 a.m.
Whenever I hear piddling arguments about what constitutes "success" in Iraq, I am astounded. Does no one recall what bin Laden hoped to accomplish by spending a million or so dollars to bring down the Twin Towers?
It was to suck us into a prolonged conflict far from home and make us exhaust so many resources that we would eventually collapse, as the Soviet Union did, largely because of committing the same mistake in Afghanistan.
Well, it looks like we will end up wasting at least a trillion dollars on Iraq. With a little help from the White House and the roll-over Republican Congress, bin Laden's investment has already guaranteed to repay itself a million times over!
And that cost does not include the damage to our reputation abroad and how this will affect us when others decide what to do with the dollar and our enormous debts to them. Not to mention damage to our own country, such as we have seen in the wake of Katrina, caused by gutting the National Guard and other agencies.
The terrorists want us to think we have a chance to "win." How delighted they must be with Bush's "surge."
They may even cooperate to make it appear to work well enough that we don't lose confidence or swallow our pride and continue with more of the same wherever terrorists want our presence. By now, they know we are easily manipulated fools.

Robin D. Gill,

Newberry

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