President Obama has authorized a 21,000 troops surge for Afghanistan. He has also asked Congress for an additional $83.4 billion to pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for FY2009. On the table, too, is a request for $130 billion to fund the wars in 2010. The House and Senate Appropriations Committee will markup the bill next week, but there is no opposition!
This legislation will be the main topic when Hillary Clinton testifies tomorrow for the first time as Secretary of State. The only lawmakers who have so far come out against the supplemental are Reps. Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Lynn Woolsey (D-CA). Moveon.org was outraged by last years supplemental but now they do not have a position. That is also true of Americans United for Change, which spent $600,000 on TV ads against the 2007 legislation. What happened in the interim?
The favorite chant of the anti-war lobby continues to be “No Blood for Oil.” They believe America’s aim is to steal oil and other natural resources from Iraq.
We have been hearing the accusation for years, but no one has touched Iraq’s oil. Iraq is free to sell its oil to the highest bidder. Their annual income from oil is about $18 billion. It takes our economy about 14 hours to generate that much money. We have also spent hundreds of billions in Iraq. Does anyone think we did this to steal Iraq’s oil?