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$20 million for party would be better spent elsewhere

Even with Iraq on the verge of civil war, Osama bin Laden at large and the revelation that U.S. military-trained Iraqi police forces are cooperating with death squads, Congress has set aside $20 million for a victory party.

In order to achieve victory, war planners must first define what constitutes victory and lay out a plan to reach that objective.

More than three years into the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, our country’s leaders have yet to announce such objectives or a strategy to accomplish them.

Here’s a suggestion: Instead of squandering $20 million on a party that is really a propaganda tool, earmark that money for projects that actually benefit Americans.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development, for example, could use $20 million to replace aging public housing or to provide assistance to first-time home buyers.

That would be a more useful and responsible expenditure of Americans’ tax dollars.

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