The President talked to the nation last night about the “end to combat operations” in Iraq. And while conservatives talk about the evils of domestic spending, and rail about the deficits being incurred by the federal government, they seem to be supportive of continued spending in Iraq, including massive amounts of money for “nation building”. Even moderate conservative David Brooks extols the “success” of American nation building in Iraq. Spending (according to Brooks) $53 billion on infrastructure in Iraq while American infrastructure falls apart strikes me as the height of folly. Borrowing the money to do so is lunacy. And the end to “combat operations” does not mean a total withdrawal. We will have 50,000 troops there indefinitely. Add those bases to the German bases, the Japanese bases, the Korean bases and you have plenty of federal defense stimulus funding. Problem is the stimulus is for the citizens of those countries to enjoy. Meanwhile we keep looking to close American military bases and create the economic dislocation that comes with those closings. I guess the military is shipping jobs overseas as well.
Read the David Brooks column here.