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Bush’s speech

It wasn’t exactly “blood, toil, tears and sweat,” but at least President Bush went on record tonight as being committed for the long term to a free and independent Iraq and Afghanistan. Left unsaid was how exactly he’s going to convince the French, the Germans and others to contribute to the effort. And he continues to insist that the US forces in Iraq are sufficient, contradicting what military personnel told Senator John McCain on his visit to the country.

Bush did say the US is going to need to pony up an additional $87 billion. If that’s what it takes, fine, but where will that money will come from? A couple of possibilities come to mind:

1) The President will ask Congress to repeal $87 billion worth of recent tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

2) The already-enormous federal deficit will grow by another $87 billion.

I wonder which will it be?

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