While Washington is engaged in talks about which Americans they are going to make “share in the sacrifice” to appease the invisible bond vigilantes, they are also secretly working on a way to assure we continue to spending billions in Afghanistan for several more decades to come. From the UK Guardian:
American and Afghan officials are locked in increasingly acrimonious secret talks about a long-term security agreement which is likely to see US troops, spies and air power based in the troubled country for decades.
Though not publicized, negotiations have been under way for more than a month to secure a strategic partnership agreement which would include an American presence beyond the end of 2014 – the agreed date for all 130,000 combat troops to leave — despite continuing public debate in Washington and among other members of the 49-nation coalition fighting in Afghanistan about the speed of the withdrawal.
It is disgraceful that the President pretends to care about the long-term deficit while planning to waste billions long-term on totally unnecessary military adventurism that the American people don’t want. How dare Obama tell regular people they need to sacrifice only to have the money instead used to fund this foolishness.
It is more proof our top political leaders don’t actually care about the long-term deficit, or apparently the wishes of the American people.
What the American people clear want is less war, less empire building and our social safety net protected. What they are about get is the exact opposite.
It is no wonder the Obama campaign is totally failing to recapture the enthusiasm of 2008.