Not many Republicans are willing to acknowledge the problem, but the soaring budget deficit is due in large part to a decade of war and militarization. U.S. Representative Walter Jones admits to the link, and keeps true to his deficit hawk economic philosophy by calling for an end to the American military’s occupation of Afghanistan.
Yesterday, Congressman Jones explicitly discussed the hypocrisy of his Republican colleagues who are willing to institute draconian cuts on basic governmental programs, but push for the expansion of wildly expensive military programs and insist upon the continuation of the failed war in Afghanistan. Jones commented:
“I have great respect for Secretary Gates, but he has made it clear that we will be in Afghanistan until 2014. He said it will be 2014 or 2015 before we can start substantially bringing down the number of troops in that country. Here we are in Washington battling right now about the 2011 budget, what should we do or not do and cut this and cut that, yet we seem to find $8 billion a month for a corrupt leader in Afghanistan named Karzai. He’s corrupt and his government is corrupt. Yet we’re saying to the American people, if you’re a senior, we can’t be sure that you can get a sandwich at the senior citizen center in your county. We’re saying to the children that cannot afford milk at home, there will be no programs for you. But yet we can find $8 billion a month for a corrupt leader in a country in a war that we cannot win.”