Regardless of how well the war on terror might actually be going you have to admit there must be some good to it because there have been no more terrorist actions in the U.S. Or have there? It is an interesting proposition to be sure, and perhaps a bit more subtly sinister than most extreme Islamic fundamentalist terror soldiers would be willing to go along with, but I have tremendous respect for Osama Bin Laden’s intellect. He’s the devil to be sure, but at least he’s a smart devil unlike our own dumb Devil-in-Chief who just may be playing right into the hands of the terrorist and in the process have been watching over an America that crumbles into dust far less quickly than the Twin Towers, but with no less finality.
It has been estimated that if the President gets his funding request from the Democrats-and there is absolutely no reason to believe he won’t from those spineless wonders-that the price of this war will skyrocket up to anywhere from one to two billion dollars a week. That’s a freaking huge amount of money to flush down the toilet, which is essentially where it will wind up. And not even an American toilet. It is nothing less than amazing that conservatives and Republicans who rallied around Ronald Reagan’s budget cuts for social services could conceivably put up with this kind of waste. I can guarantee you this; if even half a billion dollars a week was going to welfare you would heard such an outcry from the Republicans over how it is going to ruin the American economy that you’d clutch your hands to your ears like you do when those Head-On commercials appear on your television screen. The fact that this welfare is going to Iraq doesn’t seem to bother many of them. (Oh, Chuck Hagel, why’d you have to go?)
It should bother you. Several top level economists-the kind that George W. Bush specifically ignores when looking for economic advisors-have tolled the warning bell of doom over the state of this country’s finances. The money is going to run out and there not only won’t be any Social Security checks for the Baby Boomers, but hospitals will close across the country because Medicare will be gone too and half their patients won’t have insurance to cover medical costs that figure to be at least 25% higher in less than ten years. Small business ventures will dry up because there won’t be any money to keep the SBA in business, much less enough money to help out struggling entrepreneurs. You would think a big hurt put on business-the sacred cow of Republicans-would get their attention.
But we have bigger fears to worry about. Terrorists. Not here, mind you, but half a world away. We have to keep pouring money into Iraq because if we don’t, we’ll have to fight them here. Except that, well, we’ve already got 100,000 soldiers there and the terrorists still run massive parts of the country. (Not to mention the fact that it has always seemed paradoxical that the best way to protect our borders is by shipping nearly ever soldier outside of them, but I guess I just don’t understand war and security as well as Bush and Cheney and Rumsfailed.) The government of Iraq is a joke. What makes these people believe that 10,000 soldiers can do the job 100,000 can’t? Massive amounts of soldiers will be necessary just to maintain the current status quo for at least a decade. By then, we will probably be up to five billion dollars a week.
I’m not terribly afraid of dying from a terrorist attack. I live in Florida and the statistics tell me that I’ve got a far better chance of getting struck by lightning or being in an accident with 80 year old half-blind driver than I do of being the target of a terrorist attack. If not lightning, I may go due to a falling bridge. Or a bacterial infection due to lack of oversight of imported food handling procedures. Or a disease that could have been cured if only stem cell research had begun before a Democrat takes over the White House-whenever that may be. The fact is that there are at least 100 different ways I can die that are more likely than a terrorist attack. Right now there are no wars on any of those things. (Well, there is a war on stem cell research, but as usual with Bush he mistook a false enemy for the real villain.) There is a war on terror and it is bleeding us dry. If this keeps up, America will be reduced to borrowing even more money just to keep going. It is to be hoped we will start borrowing from countries like England, France and Canada. Eventually, we’ll have to start borrowing from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. England, France and Canada will allow us to keep the loans floating for as long as want.
But what happens when those Middle East countries come to our door with a big strong guy named Fahid who is gleefully punching one fist into his other palm? Under what terms will those loans be revised?
It’s just a postulation, of course, and probably too farsighted and complex for those scraggy, violence-hating Muslims to ever think up. But what if 9/11 was the only terrorist act that Osama Bin Laden ever planned to take inside America? As it stands right now, if that were the case, then he has already succeeded in bringing down not only the Twin Towers, but all of America.