… as a free war.”
Or so says reader Ed Whitney.
Interesting point. Once you’re at war, of course, dollar cost properly has very little weight compared with winning and avoiding casualties. But why does it seem reasonable to many conservatives and libertarians to drop a few hundred billion dollars on Iraq, when spending the same money to support Russia’s transition to democracy or Africa’s escape from grinding poverty would have been a complete political non-starter? For that matter, if the money we’ve spent turning Iraq into a hellhole had simply been divided up and handed out in cash to every Iraqi, we’d doubtless be more popular and the country much more peaceful.