Bush is at it again. He's asked Congress for $87 BILLION to continue funding his occupation of Iraq. It's the closest to an admission that he's buggered it up totally and needs bailing out as we're going to get, I think. EIGHTY-SEVEN BILLION DOLLARS. You could *build* a country for that.
What's fantastic is that he says that Iraq is central to achieving "victory in the War On Terror" - of course it is - invading Iraq has heightened the threat of terrorism, giving him more to wage war against. The "War On Terror" is a war which cannot be won, and Tony Blair was a fool for jumping into bed with the Bush administration. Did 25 years of terrorism in Northern Ireland (and 50 years in Palestine) teach him nothing? Terrorism cannot be overcome with bombs, bullets, ground troops or airstrikes. Ideology is only strengthened by conflict. Terrorism can only be overcome via negotiation - but unfortunately, extremists don't often compromise - and Bush is certainly an extremist. I wouldn't be surprised if we're still here in 25 years talking about "the War On Terror".
As if that wasn't bad enough, it appears that the reason we're in this mess is because of an unfortunate cock-up at MI6 regarding the level of significance that the 45 minute claim was meant to have in the now infamous dossier. Why does this not surprise me?
Al-Qaida haven't gone away either - and it's coming up to the two year anniversary of 9/11 - are we going to get a repeat performance? Time will tell.
Nice to see that all the money we plough into research grants is all going to good use.