If Pres. Obama's pledge to include war costs within the annual budget is kept, won't it become even more obvious that it's Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld's wars that have skewed our nation's fiscal position?
In 2008, when Bush, Bernanke, and Paulson began the econo-crisis drumbeat, I wondered if an imminent financial collapse was primarily about the US' Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan expenses taken on since the coup of the Bush-Cheney regime - war by fiscal slight of hand.
And that perhaps 2008's dramas of secret meetings and rushing back to Washington to inject trillions into the system were, to them, a necessary attempt at hiding this fact, plus, hiding how they had cleared out US coffers while they had the chance and no one could stop them. Kind of like setting the barn afire after you've stolen the thoroughbreds.
Now Rep. Barney Frank has written a few words which may be of interest to everyone, especially those who said pre-March 2003: America can't afford years and years of war, you obscene profiteers, you.
And the reply I always got was: America is too rich to fail: Turns out...not so much:
Cut the Military Budget
By Barney Frank
Those organizations, editorial boards and individuals who talk about the need for fiscal responsibility should be challenged to begin with the area where our spending has been the most irresponsible and has produced the least good for the dollars expended--our military. #
But do spend more to better care for the medical and re-employment needs of the men and women whose lives have been forever changed by George Bush's illegal, ill-fated, lie-based, and oil-grabbing wars.