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Monday, October 24, 2011

Panetta’s Pentagon, Without the Blank Check


“‘After every major conflict — World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the fall of the Soviet Union — what happened was that we ultimately hollowed out the force, largely by doing deep, across-the-board cuts that impacted on equipment, impacted on training, impacted on capability,’ he said. ‘Whatever we do in confronting the challenges we face now on the fiscal side, we must not make that mistake.’ . . .

The cold war dove who opposed Ronald Reagan’s contra war in Nicaragua in the 1980s and George Bush’s Persian Gulf war of 1991 has become a war on terror hawk, authorizing more drone strikes in Pakistan than George W. Bush.

The critic who denounced torture during Mr. Bush’s tenure took office and argued against investigating whether it happened. The co-author of the Iraq Study Group report calling for withdrawing troops recently pressed to keep more troops there.” (New York Times)

A canny politician knows that war is the health of the State.

FEE Timely Classic

War’s Other Casualty” by Wendy McElroy