09/26/2005: What next? Bake sales?
Bush has apparently been passing the hat to help pay for his Mess In Mesopotamia:
An extraordinary appeal to Americans from the Bush administration for money to help pay for the reconstruction of Iraq has raised only $600 (£337), The Observer has learnt. Yet since the appeal was launched earlier this month, donations to rebuild New Orleans have attracted hundreds of millions of dollars.Millions for Katrina aid, but hundreds for Iraq?
The public's reluctance to contribute much more than the cost of two iPods to the administration's attempt to offer citizens 'a further stake in building a free and prosperous Iraq' has been seized on by critics as evidence of growing ambivalence over that country.
It is understood to be the first time that a US government has made an appeal to taxpayers for foreign aid money. Contributors have no way of knowing who will receive their donations or even where they may go, after officials said details had be kept secret for security reasons.
Makes sense to me.
But is it just me, or does anyone else remember when Bush and his handlers were telling us that the war would pay for itself, with all those "liberated" Iraq oil revenues?
Len on 09.26.05 @ 12:36 PM CST