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Inauguration 40,000; Afghanastan 31,000

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posted on Jan, 17 2009 @ 06:42 PM
Obama inauguration security force larger than number of troops in Afghanistan

Washington will be ready with the largest number of security people ever assembled in the nation’s capital. The U.S. Secret Service is overseeing a security force of more than 40,000 people, including 7,500 active duty soldiers, 10,000 National Guard troops and 25,000 law-enforcement officers. That surpasses the 31,000 troops serving in Afghanistan.

This is absolutely ridiculous. Seriously. Now I do realize that there's a chance that something could occur but really... this is overkill to say the least.

posted on Jan, 17 2009 @ 07:08 PM
Maybe with all the Lincoln comparisons , there might be a civil war! Between the security and Lincoln themes this Inauguration is WAY over the top .

posted on Jan, 17 2009 @ 07:40 PM
And just what is going to stop one of these law enforcement officers of National Guardsmen from going postal??

One man needs more security than an entire country?? What a putz.

posted on Jan, 17 2009 @ 11:35 PM
Well someone is scared isnt he. This is completely crazy how much protection he is getting. Ive never seen this much protection for a President or anyone for that matter.

Using the military as police
Spending around 150 million for the event
Muslim Prayer man linked to Hamas
His dirty past
Unknown birth Cert
Wanting to talk to Hamas
Sharing the wealth
Dirty people of his past

Im not looking at this man in a good light

Its time to prepare!

posted on Jan, 18 2009 @ 07:19 AM
well how does it compare to the security for bush's inauguration?

someone got real stats?

and tbh it probably isn't barak's decision on the amount of security, it will be made by the person in charge of his security, not him.

posted on Jan, 18 2009 @ 02:26 PM

Originally posted by maintainright
well how does it compare to the security for bush's inauguration?

someone got real stats?

and tbh it probably isn't barak's decision on the amount of security, it will be made by the person in charge of his security, not him.

This is from a Bush critic's article on the MSM giving Bush a pass (not reporting the excesses in the mind of the writer).

Bush's 2005 inauguration:

Most major outlets stuck to the lower, albeit still unprecedented, figure of $40 million, which the Presidential Inaugural Committee said it hopes to raise from private donors. But a more accurate figure may be $50 million. That's the amount cited by the Washington Times (which is plugged in to GOP circles). But even that number doesn't take into account the nearly $20 million that's being spent for security, putting the real cost at closer to $70 million, instead of the media's preferred $40 million.

Notice that the $40M to $50M figures were to be raised from private donors. Obama's team requested the $175M from Congress.

Also interesting but unnoted is that between the 2001 and 2005 inaugurations, Bush and his supporters have spent roughly $115 million total on parties and parades.

Hmmm.. ok, so Obama's spending 50% MORE than Bush's critics said he did in four years of parties & parades in just his first ceremony.

The same brand of tentative reporting occurred with regard to the massive, unprecedented and still unexplained security blanket that has turned the nation's capital into something akin to an armed fortress, with snipers on rooftops, bombers flying overhead, Humvee-mounted anti-aircraft missiles dotting the city, and manholes cemented shut. This despite last week's assessment compiled by the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Justice, which declared, "There is no credible information indicating that domestic or international terrorist groups are targeting the inauguration."

Remember... this is from Bush's critics talking about the 2005 Bush inauguration...

Nonetheless, like butter on a humid summer day in Washington, reporters have simply melted away from asking pointed questions about the costly security overkill (nearly 9,000 police officers and military personnel will be deployed) -- a buildup that clearly plays to Bush's political advantage by keeping terrorist threats at the top of people's minds.

"Nearly 9,000 police officers and military personnel"??!!!???? OH that's TERRIBLE???!!!! Where are they now when Obama's team has enlisted 500% of that?

posted on Jan, 18 2009 @ 03:11 PM
Cute comparison, but the numbers are off. As of dec. 2008 the troop count in Afghanistan is as follows:

NATO-ISAF: 51,000 troops (incl. 19,950 US troops)
Afghan National Army: 50,000 troops
Non-ISAF US troops: 28,300 troops

Source: NATO ISAF factsheet

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