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This time we need a DRAFT and a WAR SURTAX

Listening to the media and Senator Feinstein (close links to Israel) calling for a full blown military involvement in Iraq and Syria (boots on the grounds), one must ask what was the cost and what was the gain after ten years in Afghanistan and ten years in Iraq!

The cost for the two wars is $6 Trillion plus over 6,500 military deaths, over 150,000 wounded, over 100,000 Iraqis killed, thousands homeless plus $1 Trillion for heath care to those PTSD veterans who served four to five tours in both wars.

Actually, the invasion of Iraq (immoral, unnecessary and illegal based on lies) was not a declared war but a military action.

Afghanistan was a declared war when Bush demanded that the Taliban hand over Osama bin Laden and expel al-Qaeda. The Taliban requested that bin Laden leave the country, but declined to extradite him without evidence of his involvement in the 9/11 attacks. Bush refused to negotiate and launched Operation Enduring Freedom on 7 October 2001 with the United Kingdom.

The US involved itself in a cultural and civil war, losing all the bases it built in both countries and the billions lavishly spent on buying influence.

Now there is a growing cry in the media and by both Repugs and Dems to escalate the military involvement by the US in Iraq and Syria against ISIS, which would involved us again in a fundamentalist religious and civil war. And all for religion!

Frankly, the USA is a warmongering country with a large established military contractor base that needs to use the bullets, missiles and bombs in its inventory. It has been involved in a war, assassinations, coups, invasions, in every single year since our Declaration of Independence was signed in practically every country in the world.

So at age 75, I'm a guy who watched this country involve it self in wars every single year since I was born in 1939, just before WWII and I am frankly yawning about getting involved in this situation.

The only caveat I have is this:

The war must be paid for in CASH, not on the credit card as Bush did with Afghanistan and Iraq tacking $6 TRILLION to our national debt.

The military war must be fought by all types of our civilian population of young men, with a fairly administered DRAFT, without exemptions like Bush and Cheney received. No more use of the National Guard and Contractors like Black Water.

The war must be paid as it goes through a SURTAX on every citizen who voted for Bush and Cheney, since they are directly responsible for the current situation in Iraq. And an additional Surtax on every Household and every non-profit particularly churches.

Then I say go for it. Bomb Bomb Bomb Iran too!

Zwyziec, the pessimist.
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