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Posted by on Feb 3, 2008 in Economy, War | 2 comments

USA & Iraq: Then & Now…

baghdad street scene

In the din and cacaphony of the presidential campaign/election in the US of A, two recent news stories are likely to be overshadowed, if not drowned. First, “Baghdad is drowning in sewage, thirsty for water and largely powerless, an Iraqi official said on Sunday in a grim assessment of services in the capital five years after the US-led invasion,” reports AFP. (More here…)

So how is American occupation better than life under Saddam Hussein? A good question. Once the local populace realises that foreign invaders are on their soil only to take care of their own interests, let’s be quite clear that it will be an ever-going war against terror.

Second, in the USA’s first-ever $3 trillion budget, “President Bush seeks to seal his legacy of promoting a strong defense to fight terrorism and tax cuts to spur the economy. The 2009 spending plan sent to Congress on Monday will project huge budget deficits, around $400 billion for this year and next and more than double the 2007 deficit of $163 billion. But even those estimates could prove too low given the rapidly weakening economy and the total costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which Bush does not include in his request for the budget year beginning Oct. 1…

” ‘This administration is going to hand the next president a fiscal meltdown,’ Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D., said Sunday in an interview with The Associated Press. ‘This is a budget that sticks it to the middle class, comforts the wealthy and has a set of priorities that are not the priorities of the American people’.”

While there is little, if any, effort to rebuild the devasated economies/lives in Iraq and Afghanistan (alienating the people), the US and its people have been witnessing the draining of their precious resources with huge deficits raising their ugly heads, likely to devastate the economy (and American people’s lives). And then there is the looming threat of recession on the horizon… More here…

And the questions (that come up often): For whom the so-called war on terror is being fought? Are the US presidential candidates addressing these issues with a degree of clarity?

(Photo above courtesy AP: An Iraqi boy drinks water from a water pipe crossing an uncovered sewage canal)

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