Friday, April 16, 2004

Splendid You know there's nothing quite like fighting a war. Especially when you can start taking money allocated for that war by Congress, say $700 Million, and spend it instead on the next war you want to wage. Shhhhh. Don't tell anybody, especially you Bobby Woodward. Because such a use of allocated funds by congress for something it did not allocate money for would be illegal. I think that is a terrific idea. I'm glad I thought of it. D'oh, tricky Bush he always beats me to it. "President Bush, after a National Security Council meeting, takes Don Rumsfeld aside, collars him physically and takes him into a little cubbyhole room and closes the door and says, 'What have you got in terms of plans for Iraq?' What is the status of the war plan? I want you to get on it. I want you to keep it secret," says Woodward. "...The end of July 2002, they need $700 million, a large amount of money for all these tasks. And the president approves it. But Congress doesn't know and it is done. They get the money from a supplemental appropriation for the Afghan War, which Congress has approved. ...Some people are gonna look at a document called the Constitution which says that no money will be drawn from the treasury unless appropriated by Congress. Congress was totally in the dark on this." Now it's true that by this time the Afghani war was winding down a bit. I would guess a good chunk of that money was intended for humanitarian assistance and spending on infrastructure to build a more peaceful, stable Afghanistan. I'm sure the fact that this money was spent without our knowledge on Iraq instead didn't really cause any problems in Afghanistan. Right? Oops. Opps. Oops. Dammit. Shit. Ah, Fuck.
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