Wednesday, August 11, 2010


This article in today's Washington Post really annoyed me.

It is about how the Department's costs are skyrocketing now that it is being asked to take over much of the military's role in Iraq as the military withdraws. and how Congress is annoyed about it and is slashing our budget.

Really? It is okay for DOD to spend a bazillion dollars on security in Iraq but not for the State Department to need an additional $400 million because costs have gone up (and maybe they have gone up because the situation there has changed?)?

What really griped me was this quote: "'They need a dose of fiscal reality,' a senior Senate aide said, speaking on the condition of anonymity amid ongoing negotiations over the State Department funding."

So brave that he would say that without giving his name. And such a crock that he would say we need to learn fiscal responsibility, unlike say, Congress? Or even DOD, which is really trying to move away from single bidder contracts that result in $4000 toilet seats and hammers?

We have a job to do in Iraq. We want to do it. But doing it costs money.


Anonymous said...

Annoying that DOD seems to get an unlimited budget without questions and we have to beg for every nickel. Peace, security, democracy and prosperity do not come cheap, no matter which agency is doing the work.

Daniela Swider said...

Oh, I couldn't agree more with you! Somehow people see war as expensive and sign every war relate bill without much hesitation but peace and using diplomacy, that can be done on the cheap! We need to support our troops and have to give them everything they need no matter what the cost, our diplomats on the other hand, oh what do they need anyway... If you question those views or the belief that war was the only answer, you are immediately declared unpatriotic... That kinda stuff really yanks my chain!