Peace and Security
It finally looks like the Pentagon isn’t immune to Washington’s deficit-reduction fever.
Why would the Israeli navy commandeer boats carrying collapsible wheelchairs and bags of cement to the Gaza Strip? Israel says that the aid convoys are trying to “break the blockade” of the densely populated Palestinian enclave. But why is there a blockade in the first place?
Bring government down to the bare bones, the tea-party people say. Mainstream reporters are dutifully noting all this, for the most part. Meanwhile, they’re failing to ask tea party activists about a more effective way to curb deficit-building federal spending that’s not on their cost-cutting wish-list: the wasteful programs embedded in world’s largest bureaucracy, the Pentagon.
The best part of America’s wars is that, except for limited attacks during WWII, all our conflicts have been fought on somebody else’s soil since the battle of Appomattox. This represents good and careful planning. You certainly don’t want your own constituents grousing about residual Agent Orange, depleted uranium, unexploded ordnance, blown-up bridges, or torn-down homes.
Everyone wants America to be safe and secure. And our government has a wide array of tools for accomplishing that.
When Israeli commandoes launched their pirate-style assault on the unarmed flotilla of ships carrying hundreds of humanitarian aid workers and 10,000 tons of supplies for the besieged Gaza Strip, killing at least nine activists and injuring scores more, part of the operation was labeled “Made in the USA.”
How grand it was in Washington for Hamid Karzai. The corrupt, inept president of Afghanistan–whose regime is being propped up by 87,000 of our troops and a $7-billion-a-month bill from us taxpayers–got the red-carpet treatment in our nation’s capital in May, including a meeting with President Obama in the grandeur of the White House.
Here’s what to expect in our next editorial package, which you’ll find live on our website on Monday morning.
Two more activist-manned ships are traveling to Gaza to deliver aid, just a day after Israeli soldiers killed at least nine volunteers aboard vessels attempting to bring supplies.