Every so often, the U.S. arms industry confronts a decline in government arms spending and it never does so gladly. That is now again the case, in the face of both unsustainable deficits and American political discontent with the results of the blood and treasure dispensed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
There is plenty of room for such cuts; the U.S. spends considerably more on its military than do the nest 10 largest spenders together. Nevertheless, the war material makers contribute a lot to politicians and call in their chits when cuts are in the offing. This puts politicians between the traditional rock and a hard place; in this instance, between big contributors and voters who have turned against jingoistic foreign policy. Our tortured Prez hardly knows which way to turn, so he plays a lot of golf.
Given his sales pitch for Obamacare and a few other ‘misspeakings’ that he has produced, we wonder if his golf associates believe his scorecard … but we digress.
The Prez can’t win just now. The whoe Middle East pot is aboil with a very unpalatable Islamic soup that is to too large a degree for comfort, cooked up by our Prex since he has been in office. And the worst part is Iraq, that he criticized when Bush was doing it and that he has now presided over for several years during which he had his chance to fix it.
The joker in this deck is, Iraq has never been a country; it is a Frankencountry stitched together by the British during their disposition of the Turkish Empire after WWI. Its majority Sha Moslems, minority Sunni Moslems and even more minority Kurdish Moslems want no part of each other. Iran, Saudi Arabia and Russia are stirring this pot, too. And now all this is somehow, President Obama’s fault? It used to be George Bush’s fault, remember?
And it’s now the Prez’ fault that Russian is moving on Ukraine yet again, just as it has done previously. But none complained about Presidential leadership while Pakistan was creating the Taliban and boarding Osama bin Laden …
But it all does help distract from the very real facts that our presidents have been sinking the American economy with budgets that obligate our grandchildren with debt and policies that choke the energy and industry that have produced U.S. wealth … In the past. But it all somehow works out; we may be hanging our presidents for the wrong things, but at least we’re hanging them for something. Now, we need to draw a better bead on Congress!