April 17, 2006

GOAT ROPE OF THE WEEK: IRAQ

Caption: Mr. Mojo Risin'. Goat Rope beauty and personal hygiene correspondent Ferdinand adds his voice to the growing chorus of those calling for the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

It wasn’t even close. The unnecessary war in Iraq is the hands down “winner” of the Goat Rope of the Week “Award.” In fact, situation there is such that it is hard to imagine any outcome to which the words “goat rope” would not apply.

To date, the war has cost the lives of nearly 2,400 US troops and tens of thousands of Iraqis. Nearly 17,500 troops have been wounded.

The war has made the United States less secure than before. It has placed incredible stains on military families and the military itself. It has provided a rallying point and a training ground for future terrorists.

According to a recent Zogby poll, the majority of US soldiers in Iraq believe they should be withdrawn within a year. And financially, the war has driven up the deficit and consumed resources that could have been better spent elsewhere.

Based on Congressional appropriations, the National Priorities Project estimates the cost of war to be over $274 billion to the US and $795 million to West Virginia. To get an idea of how much that is and what could have been done with it, NPP estimates that the money spent on the war in Iraq could have:

*built around 2.5 million new housing units;

*sent over 36 million more kids to Head Start for a year;

*provided health insurance to nearly 164 million children for a year;

*provided more than 13 million four year scholarships to public colleges or universities;

*funded world anti-hunger programs for 11 years;

*funded world anti-AIDS programs for 27 years; or

*funded basic immunizations for every child in the world for 91 years.

For more, check http://www.costsofwar.com/.

For detailed information on US casualties, check
http://icasualties.org/oif/

Meanwhile, a growing number of retired generals have called for the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. El Cabrero must argue that Rumsfeld, however disastrous as Defense Secretary, still deserves a position as Mad Poet in Chief. Who else could have come up with such immortal lines as these from 2003:


“Reports that say that something hasn’t happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know that there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns—the ones we don’t know we don’t know”

That’s art. That’s poetry. And epistemology.

GOAT ROPE ADVISORY LEVEL: UNKNOWN UNKNOWN

2 comments:

Khazouh Baszhees said...

Well I'll horned and swoggled, twice. No wonder they're so in stynch with each other. King George and his Crony of Defense speak exactly the same secret language.

Sonam said...

It is at times like this that I'm glad to be a pacifist. Keeps me clear. Of course I was against the war from before it started. But I am much more likely to have violent feelings about Dubya and Rummy. So it's good to have the conviction never to act on those, either!