“THE CIPHER BRIEF- WALTER PINCUS”
“It’s time to think of the costs that more than 14 years of war have had on this country.
I’m not just thinking in terms of dollars, although we should worry because most of the added expense, over $1 trillion, has been put on a credit card. This so-called war on terrorism – with no end in sight – remains the first war that American presidents have not asked the public to pay for with a special tax.
I’m also concerned with how few Americans are directly or even indirectly involved in the conflict, with only one percent of U.S. citizens serving or having served in the military, and another two or three percent only being a part of the defense community.
That means more than 90 percent of the public are just observers, for whom this near decade-and-a-half of bloodshed is something that appears on…
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