Friday, October 21, 2005

Are We The New USSR?

Okay, brothers and sisters, I am once again falling behind in my blogging. So, I need to start throwing things out there with brevity and haste, because I have saved a bazillion links to stories that are old news but I just have to say something about them or my head will explode.

Example:

Iraq war now costing $6 billion a monthThe Bush administration is spending about $7 billion a month to wage the war on terror, and costs could total $570 billion by the end of 2010, assuming troops are gradually brought home, a congressional report estimates.
Now, raise your hand if you remember the '80's. Anyone? Remember all that stuff about "winning the cold war"? Well, those of us who were there remember that the cold war was "won" by the US bankrupting the USSR by simply out-spending them. It became a military spending version of keeping up with the Joneses, and the Soviets went bust before we did (barely).

Now, here is the funny part. Bush compares the "war on terror" to the cold war. Only, he doesn't realize that we are now the ones in the Soviets' position. We are on the losing side of this "cold war"! We are the new USSR!

How stupid does one have to be to not realize that terrorist leaders took lessons from history and are following the US's own winning strategy! The action that the American right hails as the victory of the millenia is being used successfully against us! What irony! For God's sake, Osama Bin Laden was trained and armed by us to fight as our soldier against our cold war enemies in Afghanistan!

You know, it's not that I mind when "what goes around comes around"... I just wish we didn't have to suffer the catastrophic results of others' stupidity.

5 comments:

Sar said...

What a country! Indeed.

Great post Shea. I can picture the administration's reaction to this; covering their ears, "na na na na na...I can't hear you!" Which sadly is what brough us to where we are today.

Grandpa Eddie said...

How very true.
At the rate Bush is spending tax dollars in his "lovely little war" it won't take long before we are in the same sinking boat that the Soviets were in during the '80's.

If the insurgents...aka patriotic Iraqis...keep up the push they will be able to bankrupt our economy, and then none of the Muslim countries will have to worry about the US being in their countries and controlling their futures.

I've got a post up about the failure of the American Empire you might find interesting.

SheaNC said...

Sar: Yeah, why won't they ever listen to me?

Grandpa Eddie: I liked that post about the empire 8^)

Mike V. said...

I think I need to cry now..

windspike said...

The US has a notorious foreign policy where we train others to kill and they in turn train their sights on us. Some where down the road, the trainee becomes our best/worst enemy.

Wahoo. GBA (God Bless America, and all that) he types sardonically.