United States Senator John Thune from South Dakota says today's debate is about the appropriations bill and that includes a more than 3% raise for military personnel and that we think Iraq is a 'bad" war and Afghanistan is a 'good' war due to the difference in casualties. He goes on to say that we suffer more casualties in Iraq because that is where are troops are. Sen. Thune continues by asserting that there is some 'false' distinction between the war in Iraq and the war in Afghanistan, he believes it is the same war against the same enemy. He then essentially states the United States Congress shouldn't interfere in a war effort.
1.) Dead people don't need or spend money.
2.) Iraq is a 'bad' war because they DID NOT attack us.
3.) Afghanistan is a 'good' war because that is where Al-Qaida is
4.) Any casualty incurred while pursuing a false target is more than a waste.
5.) Osama bin Laden is not, nor shall he ever be, Saddam Hussein.
6.) I'll quote the United States Constitution here:
"...The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States; To declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water;...
...To raise and support armies, but no appropriation of money to that use shall be for a longer term than two years;
To provide and maintain a navy;
To make rules for the government and regulation of the land and naval forces;
To provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the union, suppress insurrections and repel invasions;
To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the militia, and for governing such part of them as may be employed in the service of the United States, reserving to the states respectively, the appointment of the officers, and the authority of training the militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;..."