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Fair -- balanced lieutenant colonel Ralph Peters says that the budget directors present at the Afghanistan meeting was purely political.
And not about balancing the budget.
He is the author of the war after Armageddon.
All of a sudden this thing is you know somehow this has become a political -- -- that the cost is really the determining factor here.
Is that the way to go about fighting this war.
Well no of course not and -- -- presence was absolutely.
Politically is a political -- The Obama administration -- a lot of flack about the budget deficit which is yet incomparable.
But he wasn't worried about overcame the health care still worry about it.
When it comes to.
Any number of giveaways now suddenly with Afghanistan he's worried about the cost why is that.
For a very straightforward reason Charles.
He is gonna send more troops that is not going to play well with his base he's got to give the base something so he's throwing them the out.
Soak the rich -- the basically the class warfare bone.
And we've seen this week that calls for more taxes on the wealthy for health care of the so called wealthy and make them pay extra for their their health care plans.
Now it's let's make you wealthy -- pay for the war well two things.
First -- all.
Sooner or later you come out of money even among that most productive Americans.
This is very very dangerous.
-- -- in war time the president's job is to unite us it's not to play class warfare it's not to drive Americans apart.
And Octavia I want to give Obama the benefit of the doubt.
But it is clear that class resentments -- not patriots are very powerful among the South Chicago crowd and they're doing our nation and our troops.
A great disservice.
So Ralph we know this is going to be very expensive if there are additional troops who should pay -- house should be paid for.
Well -- if you've got to pay for it.
You do tax Americans.
And you've obviously the rich have to pay their full share for the -- -- tax just on the so called rich again that's class warfare.
My concern is this.
-- I personally don't think more troops is the answer but that's a decision -- -- people make.
But -- you do have to pay for -- but ultimately a greater threat to our security that even al-Qaeda.
His national bankruptcy.
And I am concerned that suddenly we're talking about -- when it comes to the troops in war.
But we've got enormous.
Problems in the health care field.
And let's face it nobody -- Capitol Hill in either party is really tackling that the crucial.
Financial issues the crucial fiscal issues and the deficit issues.
-- did any of this.
OK but speaking of that though I mean -- you know the healthcare don't care bill side.
This now's award that's -- them.
Conservative estimates over 200 billion dollars and counting that's that's to trouble amount of money.
That was a corporation.
Do you think that there's a limit on -- you already said they don't think there should be additional troops so do you think that.
There should be some sort of limit on it not not necessarily you know not to support the troops but to your other point because of the dire fiscal situation of our country.
Well I'm gonna split some hairs here.
Costs should not drive strategy.
But they certainly have to influence and shape strategy -- strategist.
The first question -- is what's in for us if we go to country X to -- why.
-- ask can it be done and the third question is very much like investing if we invest our blood treasure.
Are we have to get a positive return commensurate with the investment.
And I don't think those questions are being asked so.
We're recouping the cart before the horse that threw the cliche in there and we're talking about more troops but I still don't see strategy.
In terms of cost.
In human suffering.
Ultimately made dwarf.
The fiscal costs but again at the bottom line a bankrupt nation doesn't fight very effectively.
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