Wednesday, April 26, 2006

The Next Shiny Thing

Why does Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH) hate our troops?

Because he wants to help divert our attention away from the suppurating wound that is Iraq toward a more local thing - illegal immigration and border security. So he set up an amendment to trim $1.9 billion dollars out of a Pentagon spending bill. Money that could go for body armor, or new ways to detect and defend against IEDs.

The amendment, according to CNN, passed 59-39.

So we can probably expect the body count to go up in Iraq, especially since General Casey is considering reducing our presence there from 15 brigades to 10 (30,000 people, give or take).

Actually, I know why Senator Gregg hates our troops. New Hampshire is the home to granite quarries, and he could anticipate a fine trade in grave markers.


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