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Lead dwindling appetite and patience in the United States congress and in the American body politic writ large.
To expend increasingly precious funds on behalf of nations that are apparently unwilling.
To devote the necessary resources or make the necessary changes to be serious and capable partners and their own defense.
That was Defense Secretary Robert Gates defending his bloated budget and taking a parting shot at European allies for not spending enough on our own defense.
His message is clear America want some help building its empire here -- is -- Anthony Gregory of the Independent Institute.
Who recently offered -- revealing report called what price war Afghanistan Iraq and the course of conflict Anthony it's a pleasure.
Welcome back to freedom watch.
Well it's my pleasure judge thanks for having has the government under President Obama I've been spending on war at the same rate as the government did under president George W.
Well pretty much for fiscal year 2011 we're looking at about a 170 billion for Iraq and Afghanistan.
This is more than most years under bush at the very end we saw a slight.
An increase in Bush's war budget but the overall defense budget is is higher than it was under bush despite recent cuts.
Has there been any immaterial or substantial change.
In United States foreign policy whether -- foreign policy is executed by the Defense Department.
Or the State Department between the presidency of George W.
And the presidency of Barack Obama and before you answer remember all the promises that Senator Obama made.
And all the differences he drill between himself and John McCain -- -- prince George Bush during the campaign.
There hasn't been much difference Obama promised to get out of -- -- now.
He has been withdrawing slowly at the same schedule that bush set as policy in 2008 under the status of forces agreement but now we learn.
That the Pentagon has pressured -- -- And it ended asking us to stay even longer Afghanistan he's tripled the US presence casualties -- through the roof.
The price of the Afghanistan war has has skyrocketed.
And of course there's -- Libya war so the idea of preventive war without congressional support.
Without going to the constitutional.
Means of getting -- congressional approval that's continued to.
Attacking a country that posed no threat to America it's the same foreign policy.
I'm reluctant to say.
But what what is it about people who.
Promise something and deliver the opposite stated differently.
A very liberal left would leaning senator who says too much war.
And too much -- difference to civil liberties.
Becomes -- president engages in the same assaults on civil liberties may be even at a greater extent and actually ratchets up the war when George W.
Bush left office as far as I know.
We were in two countries that we're fighting wars and five.
Yes that's correct and of course you're right about.
The lie is this is what politicians do earlier you were talking about Hayek I believe it was -- who said that in politics the worst rise of the top.
Now in fairness Obama did promise to expand the Afghanistan war.
It's often forgotten that although he pretended to be -- on -- Iraq he always criticized bush for being too much of a dove on Afghanistan.
Stand right -- recent poll before we go Anthony.
Shows that the American people might actually be smarter than the congress and they blame a substantial amount of our red ink.
On wars and on defense spending rather than on the bush tax cuts is the congress is the president.
Are the Democrats are many Republicans.
Out of touch with the Americans that we answered those polls.
Absolutely this was a very reassuring fine for me.
That the American people realize that despite the democrats' partisan attack saying that it's all the bush tax cuts fault for this huge deficit problem.
It's actually spending and in particular on this empire and on these counterproductive.
And immoral wars abroad.
Anthony Gregory it's a pleasure as always thanks for joining us.
Thank you judge.
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