At last the real reason Barack Obama is stalling on sending needed troops to Afghanistan - he can't - we're broke.
The Ny Times explores this truth - a first I might add.
"Senior administration officials reported to the New York Times today that budget projections for the war in Afghanistan will cost U.S. taxpayers at least $1 million per soldier, per year.
The plan to add 40,000 American troops and greatly expand Afghan security forces, supported by Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top commander in Afghanistan, is estimated to cost between $40 billion to $54 billion annually. “Even if fewer troops are sent, or their mission is modified, the rough formula used by the White House...appears almost constant,” according to the NYT.
The new estimate for the cost of war in Afghanistan will cancel out the $26 billion savings projected for a 2010 troop withdrawal in Iraq. Under this scenario, the overall military budget could rise as high as $734 billion. The highest annual military budget during the Bush era was $667 billion.
A senior administration official speaking anonymously with the NYT said that concerns over politically volatile spending influenced the President during a White House meeting on Wednesday. Obama was insistent that each military plan incorporates the quickest possible exit strategy.
“He knows we cannot sustain this indefinitely,” the official said."
Of course "politically volatile spending", such as bailing out banks, Wall Street, Newspapers and God knows who else is just fine.
Back during Vietnam Democrats - who began the war - stopped the war by pulling funding. But at least they did it out front. Barack Obama did it from the rear - in secret - and I might add dishonestly.
Subsequently he stuck a knife in the back of every soldier who has served in this war, for now there is no money to complete the task.