Many of you think I am a knee jerk defender of President Bush, but that is not accurate. I have had continuing problems withhis failure to control spending, his failure to get the executive branch marching to a Republican tune, his failure to play hardball politics with the Democrats on the Hill and his failure to get tough with the Saudi's. He has struck the right tone on anti-terrorism and has backed it up with tough action. I am not sure invading Iraq was a wise decision, and I said so at the time. It was certainly within the range of reasonable actions however. Deposing Saddam was obviously a good thing. Now what I don't get is this: why the hell is it our responsibility to pay for rebuilding Iraq? I can see putting in some money to get basic human services running, but 87 billion samoans? I saw some of the items he had proposed we pay for, including a fleet of garbage trucks and a zip code system. Give me a friggin' break. We are talking about a country with the world's third largest oil reserves. A country that had the money to build up a huge military. Iraq owes a couple hundred billion to european banks, and no one is suggesting those debts be wiped out. In effect, US taxpayers weill be paying off Saddam's loans from the French and Germans. What genius came up with that policy? KymerFye and I had some arguments early on about the occupation. He favored the administration's kid gloves approach, I favored putting the Saddam loyalist areas under a strict lockdown. I'm not saying I was right, because we don't know what would have happened and we don't know how things will ultimately turn out. But I think it was idiotic to expose our troops to needless casualties just to try to be nice to the Iraqi's. Just as I think it is idiotic to demand the US taxpayer pick up the tab for rebuilding Iraq.