September 28, 2003

'A lot of rumblings'
Democrats smell excess in billions for rebuilding: from our tax dollars directly to Bush campaign contributors. - - great article in the Chicago Trib (thanks to BuzzFlash!).

Bush's 'Marshall Plan' comparison to Iraq derided
"If they want to give money to Iraq to make them a nice democracy, that's OK with me. But we ought not to fool ourselves that we're doing a Marshall Plan," said Larry Bland, a leading authority on the Marshall Plan and editor of the Marshall Papers at the George C. Marshall Foundation in Lexington, Virginia.

"The economic elite isn't kidded. So it's political spin rather than reality. We're not going to do a Marshall Plan for them. We're going to do a big, expensive influx of money," Bland added.

"Nice try, Rummy, you insane piece of sh*t," added Sir Hugh Jass of the Royal British Library. "It's more like a get-rich-quick scheme for Bush campaign contributors."

"The reconstruction of Europe was undertaken in the context of the spirit of internationalism, multilateralism and collective security that led to the formation of the United Nations, NATO, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund," said Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia.

"The same can hardly be said -- hardly be said -- today. Come on," added Byrd. - - link.

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