US population = 310,000,000
50% of them are able to work and either doing so or available for it =
Unemployment is at 9% of that work force = 14,000,000 (rounded)
“Normal” unemployment would be about 5% = 7,750,000
Number of jobs we need to create to get back to “normal” = 6,250,000
Pretty decent annual wage = $40,000
Amount we’re spending EACH YEAR trying to catch the last hundred
al-Qaeda goons hiding under rocks in Afghanistan = $200,000,000,000
Number of $40,000 AMERICAN jobs that would pay for = 5,000,000
Question of the day: Will EITHER the Republicans OR the Democrats run
these numbers and come to the same conclusion any sane person arrived
at 10 years ago?
Congratulations, Osama bin Laden. Even in death, you continue to get
us to do your dirty work for you.
Their great achievement was in getting a “John Wayne” administration to play world posse, Texas style, and engage in 10 years of relentless, expensive and futile war. The United States in the last 10 years has decimated its internal strength. The mentality of the American people has sunk to ever greater lows into nativism, reactionism, know-nothingism and so forth. The action should have been in the region of Afghanistan to take out al Queda as extensively as possible, kill or capture bin Ladin and then we should have gotten the hell out of there. We should not have tried to replace the Taliban in Afghanistan with our own government, such as this worthless Karzai government, though we might have “spanked them” by killing of some of the Taliban leadership. While this nation has been spending its strength on these futile wars the rest of the world has risen up to overtake us, and given the reactionary and retrograde politics in this nation I suspect we are going to become the sick man of the world, a’la the Ottoman Empire of the 19th century, very quickly here. If that is not an example of a victory I don’t know what is.Lawrence B. Crowell
From Bin Laden’s letter:
“We, alongside the mujahedeen, bled Russia for 10 years until it went bankrupt and was forced to withdraw in defeat,” he said in a 2004 video-tape describing what he called a “war of attrition.”
“We are continuing this policy in bleeding America to the point of bankruptcy,” he added. “All that we have to do is to send two mujahedeen to the furthest point east to raise a piece of cloth on which is written ‘al-Qaeda’, in order to make generals race there and to cause America to suffer human, economic, and political losses without their achieving anything of note other than some benefits for their private corporations,” he went on.
Bush was a monumentally stupid man, surrounded by vainglorious and inept neocon imperialists, and the combined hubris and stupidity was what enabled AQ to succeed beyond their wildest dreams. They have been destroyed themselves, but they are suicide bombers and their goal was to die and bring their enemies down with them. They have largely succeeded.
There is one scene from 9-11 that always gives me goosebumps and that’s when the tidal wave of dust from the collapsed towers was roaring through the streets after the fleeing crowds. It evokes the scene from Cecil B. DeMille’s “Ten Commandments” when the Red Sea closed over the fleeing Egyptian soldiers. This was another case of a desert god decla4ring war on civilization — New York City and Washington DC being current “fleshpots of Egypt”.
There are, of course, no elaborate commemoration ceremonies for the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis brutally butchered by the Bush gang. Only the rich and powerful can afford to honor their dead with such style. The poor live in bitterness and despair, and eventually driven to acts of violent retribution. The Iraqis have not yet begun to strike back, but they will. No one forgets that kind of atrocity.