I haven’t checked the numbers myself, and reporters often make mistakes, but if this is accurate,
[a]s the Iraq war enters a fifth year, the conflict that President Bush’s aides once said would all but pay for itself with oil revenues is fueling the highest level of defense spending since World War II.
Even with past spending adjusted upward for inflation, the $630 billion provided for the military this year exceeds the highest annual amounts during the Reagan-era defense buildup, the Vietnam War and the Korean War.
Which makes no sense whatsoever. GW is spending than any of the following:
1. Fighting the Chinese on the Korean peninsula
2. Facing off the Soviet Union and fighting several proxy wars against a fellow superpower
3. Fighting a Soviet supplied and trained enemy in Vietnam
Considering that the fight is not only ongoing, but not going particularly well (unless you’re Osama), we can conclude one of the following:
a. The combination of second rate religious fanatics and cave dwellers our troops are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, together with Pakistani intelligence and Saudi volunteers makes for a more formidable foe than the Chinese People’s Liberation Army and the USSR
b. GW and his people are incredibly incompetent and if they had an ounce of patriotism between all of them, they’d resign en masse so as not to cause any further damage
I know which option to which I’m leaning. And I’m proud to say I voted against GW twice.