USA, so much more money on war than on art

Bush, and money for war in Iraq, cartoonFrom Art for a Change blog in the USA:

President Bush’s 2008 fiscal request for the National Endowment for the Arts is $128.4 million.

The President’s 2008 fiscal request for defense and the “global war on terror” is $716 billion.

The war and occupation in Iraq has so far cost an estimated $250 billion.

According to a report by the Los Angeles Times, “Currently, the Defense Department says it is spending about $4.5 billion a month on the conflict in Iraq, or about $100,000 per minute. Current spending in Afghanistan is about $800 million a month, or about $18,000 per minute.

Washington Post censored Democratic candidate Edwards on Iraq war: here.

15 thoughts on “USA, so much more money on war than on art

  1. Lock em’ up and off with thier heads – “…people who are dissidents
    Posted by: “Corey” cpmondello
    Sun Feb 11, 2007 11:20 am (PST)

    WOW….how did i miss this one from May 2006?


    Judge Timothy McGinty incarcerated an activist with World Can’t Wait–Drive Out the Regime in the psych unit of the Cuyahoga County Jail in downtown Cleveland, where she now sits for an indefinite period of time.

    Full story;


  2. Cheney to snub Japan over Iraq
    12/02/2007 09:35 – (SA)

    Tokyo – US vice president Dick Cheney plans to spurn meetings with Japan’s defence minister next week in protest over the minister’s calling the American-led Iraq war a “mistake”, a news report said on Monday.

    Cheney is scheduled to meet top officers in Japan’s self-defence forces when he arrives on February 20 for a visit – but he has asked Japan not to schedule any meetings with defence minister Fumio Kyuma, Kyodo News agency said.

    The move would underline lingering bad feelings between the allies since late last month, when Kyuma told reporters the decision to invade Iraq was a “mistake” because it was based on the erroneous assumption that weapons of mass destruction existed.

    Kyuma later backtracked, saying he meant that the decision to attack Iraq should have been thought out more cautiously.

    “I did not say it was a mistake, but I thought at the time (the US) should have been more cautious,” Kyuma said.

    Japan sent ground troops to southern Iraq on a humanitarian mission after the March 2003 US-led invasion, but the Japanese contingent was pulled out last year. Japan currently operates airlifts in the region, a mission set to end in July.

    Despite US President George W Bush’s plan to boost troop numbers in Iraq, Japan will not hastily decide whether to keep providing airlifts in support of US-led forces there, Kyuma said.

    Cheney, a strong advocate for invading Iraq, is expected to meet top Japanese military officials as well as US military officers based in Japan, Kyodo said. The trip will also take in meetings with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and foreign minister Taro Aso.

    Foreign ministry officials were not immediately available to comment on the report.

    # News24,,2-10-1460_2067790,00.html


  3. Bush ; “…we will seek out and destroy….”
    Posted by: “Corey” cpmondello
    Tue Feb 13, 2007 2:35 am (PST)

    “Iran is providing material support for attacks on Anerican troops. We will disrrupt the attacks on our forces. We’ll interrupt the flow from Iran and Syria. And we will seek out and destroy the networks providing advanced weaponry and training to our enemies in Iraq.”

    – President Bush, January 10, 2007

    Brief on Iranian weapons in Iraq.
    Iran In Iraq


  4. General Pace Says He Knows Nothing Tying Leaders to Arms in Iraq
    Posted by: “Corey” cpmondello
    Tue Feb 13, 2007 2:36 am (PST)
    Pace Demurs on Accusation of Iran

    General Says He Knows Nothing Tying Leaders to Arms in Iraq

    Tuesday, February 13, 2007

    Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said yesterday that he has no information indicating Iran’s government is directing the supply of lethal weapons to Shiite insurgent groups in Iraq.

    “We know that the explosively formed projectiles are manufactured in Iran,” Pace told Voice of America during a visit to Australia. “What I would not say is that the Iranian government, per se, knows about this.”

    Full story;


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