Barrels of Snake Oil

Barack Obama in a tough interview with Katie Couric (yeah, really) gives this explanation for why the surge even in retrospect was a bad idea:

Because … it’s pretty straightforward. By us putting $10 billion to $12 billion a month, $200 billion, that’s money that could have gone into Afghanistan. Those additional troops could have gone into Afghanistan. That money also could have been used to shore up a declining economic situation in the United States. That money could have been applied to having a serious energy security plan so that we were reducing our demand on oil, which is helping to fund the insurgents in many countries. So those are all factors that would be taken into consideration in my decision– to deal with a specific tactic or strategy inside of Iraq.

So aside from wanting to use the money elsewhere (a dubious proposition which apparently would support making all national security decisions based on calculus as to whether Obama would like more domestic spending) there, of course, is the utter disconnect, an avoidance of reality.

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Barrels of Snake Oil

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