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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Uncle Sucker's wild ride

While the New York Times examination of Wikileaks-provided secret military field reports doesn't feel as rock solid as the Pentagon Papers two generations ago, it's hard to escape the conclusion that the American government has been playing the fool to our "friends" in Pakistan.

Allegations of double-dealing by Pakistan's spy service have been rampant for years and the documents do nothing to clamp a lid on that. And while some of the information detailed in the reports may not have been 100 percent accurate, there's enough validity to strike home.

And that brings us around to the billions of dollars we pour into Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq and the the military budget -- not to mention the trillions spent on duplicative and ineffective intelligence gathering at home -- and and the results they bring.

What would have been the outcome if a fraction of the cash funneled to Pakistan was spent on economic stimulus programs here? What if we built hospitals in Detroit instead of Baghdad or schools in Louisiana instead of Kabul?

And where would our exploding national debt be without two credit card wars launched by George W. Bush?

We have squandered our human and financial capital in ways we cannot recover. Think about that the next time Republicans call for tax cuts and deficit reduction in the same breath.

The fault dear Brutus is not in our stars, it is in ourselves.

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