Let the Collusion Begin!…Media & Dems Join Forces On Strategy to End War and Win in '08

Right on time… The mainstream media jumps on the Democratic 2008 bandwagon.

Democrats have sunk $15 million into promoting the meme that – “The war is too costly.”

Two weeks ago Democratic activist groups announced their $15 million strategy for the 2008 election cycle. This was reported here yesterday:

Far Left groups announced recently that they will work together to promote the meme that the suffering economy was caused by the War in Iraq.
Think Progress announced the latest drive to lose on February 25th:

Today, a coalition of progressive groups — including MoveOn, the Center for American Progress Action Fund , US Action, SEIU, VoteVets, and Americans United for Change — announced a new “Iraq/Recession” campaign, a $15 million nationwide effort to end the war and refocus our priorities here at home. The campaign will raise awareness of the domestic costs that have been neglected due to Bush and John McCain’s singular focus on Iraq.

John and Elizabeth Edwards joined in a conference call this morning to announce the campaign. “If the economy is your No. 1 issue when you’re voting, the war is also your No. 1 issue because there is a connection between the two,” Elizabeth Edwards said.

…A new poll of swing voters commissioned by US Action found that a huge majority — 69 percent of them — support ending the war and reinvesting in health care and new clean energy jobs. A recent AP poll found that 68 percent of Americans believe pulling our troops out of Iraq would help a great deal or somewhat in addressing our faltering economy.

Since the democrats cannot successfully promote their original cut and run strategy due to the enormous success of the Bush Surge under the direction of General Petraeus, look for democrats and the media to push this new meme to voters.

Eager to help the Democratic Party, the mainstream media today came through with one of their first reports to support the 2008 Democratic Campaign:

Studies: Iraq costs US $12B per month
By CHARLES J. HANLEY, AP Special Correspondent

The flow of blood may be ebbing, but the flood of money into the Iraq war is steadily rising, new analyses show. In 2008, its sixth year, the war will cost approximately $12 billion a month, triple the “burn” rate of its earliest years, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz and co-author Linda J. Bilmes report in a new book.

Beyond 2008, working with “best-case” and “realistic-moderate” scenarios, they project the Iraq and Afghan wars, including long-term U.S. military occupations of those countries, will cost the U.S. budget between $1.7 trillion and $2.7 trillion — or more — by 2017.

Interest on money borrowed to pay those costs could alone add $816 billion to that bottom line, they say.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has done its own projections and comes in lower, forecasting a cumulative cost by 2017 of $1.2 trillion to $1.7 trillion for the two wars, with Iraq generally accounting for three-quarters of the costs…

Although American military and Iraqi civilian casualties have declined in recent months, the rate of spending has shot up. A fully funded 2008 war budget will be 155 percent higher than 2004’s, the CBO reports.

Was the timing of this study by chance?
Was the fact that this study concluded that costs would be significantly higher than what the CBO reported a fluke?
Who commissioned the study?

Joseph Stiglitz, an instructor at Colombia University, comes from a family of staunch democrats and has a record of attacking the Bush Administration.. Linda J. Bilmes, from Harvard, has also attacked the Bush Administration and war efforts in the past.

Do you really believe the timing of this book release and article was accidental?

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