Yan­kee ‘chumps’

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

A for­mer boxer, Rep. James P. Mo­ran of Vir­ginia is not one to hold his punches, phys­i­cally or ver­bally.

Last week, the Demo­crat was an­gry about the price of gaso­line, par­tic­u­larly as it per­tains to Iraq. And whereas Amer­i­cans are now pay­ing just un­der $4 per gal­lon of gaso­line, he pre­dicts the cost will rise to $5 and even­tu­ally $6.

“Iraq will get even more rev­enue than the $72 bil­lion they’re an­tic­i­pat­ing this year,” Mr. Mo­ran notes. “They got $100 bil­lion over the last cou­ple of years, much of it our money. And yet Amer­i­cans have al­ready con­trib­uted over half a tril­lion dol­lars to Iraq’s econ­omy [. . .]

“Iraqis are get­ting a sur­plus of oil rev­enue from us and yet we are pay­ing to pick up their garbage and train their se­cu­rity forces when they’ve got sur­pluses they don’t even know what to do with. Who’s the chump in this pic­ture?”

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