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Wednesday, July 28, 2010


War - the "gift" that keeps on giving

The House yesterday joined the Senate in approving $33.5 billion more for war in Afghanistan, not to mention $6.2 billion in aid for Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, and Haiti, the vast majority of which is money being paid as a result of U.S. invasions as well. But hidden in that bill, and little noticed in the media, is one more item - $13.4 billion in benefits for Vietnam vets exposed to Agent Orange (nothing for the people of Vietnam, needless to say, who are still waiting for the reparations promised at the end of the U.S. war against their country). Just one part of why the numbers you see in the media (and coming out of politicians' mouths) about the cost of the current wars are significantly understated.

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