Yours is one of the best posts/blogs I have seen on the war...(especially as a fundraiser for arts and education, as I am...when is the, um, air force going to have a, um, bake sale?)
I could not "blog" your blog, so I have simply pirated it, with a link to Chock-a-Blog from the Title.
You're one of the smartest guys I know...(and I wish I could make that sound like some kinda Jay-Z intro. -- "look what you done, kid...you gone a long way to makin' 'em get it, dog..." o.k. nevermind...)
What can you buy for $1.2 trillion?
A "doubling of cancer research funding, treatment for every American whose diabetes or heart disease is now going unmanaged and a global immunization campaign to save millions of children’s lives...universal preschool for every 3- and 4-year-old child across the country. The city of New Orleans could also receive a huge increase in reconstruction funds...The recommendations of the 9/11 Commission that have not been put in place — better baggage and cargo screening, stronger measures against nuclear proliferation — could be enacted. Financing for the war in Afghanistan could be increased to beat back the Taliban’s recent gains, and a peacekeeping force could put a stop to the genocide in Darfur," according to this piece by David Leonhardt in The New York Times. Leonhardt continues, "All that would be one way to spend $1.2 trillion. Here would be another: The war in Iraq." Links to the economic studies and number crunching here and here.Tom