Monday, August 25, 2008

What's really irresponsible

I never meant for this blog to be political in any way and I have no hidden agenda in making this post. That being said here goes.

I hear politicians all the time saying it would be "irresponsible" to pull our troops out of Iraq. That we need to "stay the course" until the job is finished. Then I see the images of wounded soldiers on TV and read about the rising death tolls and I can't help but feel a little sick about the whole thing. Right, wrong, or indifferent I want our troops to come home now. And I don't think it's irresponsible to feel this way.

Irresponsible is racking up a national debt of $9.5 trillion, which increases by $1 million every minute. Here's a fun fact to consider: The US spends more on the annual interest of our debt than the sum total of all the dollars we've spent on the entire war on terror (so you can't blame the war alone for our national debt).

Irresponsible is knowing that genocide is taking place in Darfur and not doing a thing about it (because our military resources are tied up in the Middle East).

Irresponsible is being the only wealthy, industrialized nation that does not provide universal health care for its citizens.

Irresponsible is sending 4000 soldiers (exact total this morning was 4148) off to die in Iraq for a war that was started under false pretenses.

Irresponsible is focusing on foreign issues abroad when our economy is on the verge of a recession and over 750,000 people remain homeless in the United States.

Irresponsible is getting a blow job from your intern.

Irresponsible is covering up and falsifying the circumstances surrounding Pat Tillmans's death to avoid creating bad press for the war on terror.

Irresponsible is burning an irreparable hole in the Ozone Layer.

Irresponsible is allowing the transfer of US sovereignty to foreign governments through sovereign wealth funds thus creating a scenario where foreign governments have the ability to "blackmail" the United States into bending its policies to suit said foreign goverments (in short we've become China's bitch).

Pulling our troops out of Iraq is not irresponsible. No, simply put it's the right thing to do.

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