U.S. to send 1,400 more troops to Afghanistan, look for additional ways to waste lives and money

by Ben Hoffman

(Reuters) – The United States plans to send 1,400 additional combat Marines to Afghanistan to try to hold on to recent but fragile security gains, only months before a planned U.S. drawdown, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

A review by President Barack Obama last month found U.S. and NATO forces were making headway against the Taliban and al Qaeda but serious challenges remained.

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With unemployment hovering at almost 10% and nearly all Democratic proposals to create jobs in America defeated by the Republicans, Obama now is shifting policy. “If we can’t increase the number of jobs to reduce unemployment,” Obama said this morning, “we can reduce the number of people in the workforce by sending them off to be killed in a meaningless, unwinnable war.”

Other proposals include easing restrictions on hazardous waste disposal so more people will get sick and die, eliminating speed limits, requiring automobile manufacturers to remove seat belts and air bags from new vehicles, and starting new wars.

“No idea is off the table at this point,” Obama concluded. “We need to think outside the box.”

“What box?,” asked a newly elected Tea Party House member.

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2 Comments to “U.S. to send 1,400 more troops to Afghanistan, look for additional ways to waste lives and money”

  1. “Physician Hospitals of America says that construction had to stop at 45 hospitals nationwide or they would not be able to bill Medicare for treatments.” Stopping construction at doctor-owned hospitals might not seem like the best way to boost the economy or to promote greater access and choice in health care, but that exactly what Obamacare is doing.
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    Kenneth Artz of the Heartland Institute explains, "Section 6001 of the health care law effectively bans new physician-owned hospitals (POHs) from starting up, and it keeps existing ones from expanding." Politico adds, "Friday [New Year's Eve] marked the last day physician-owned hospitals could get Medicare certification covering their new or expanded hospitals, one of the latest provisions of the reform law to go into effect."

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