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I gave a speech at a caucus of our WA Democratic Party Central Committee meeting this past weekend in which I pointed out that the Iraq war/occupation wasted 3 - 5% of U.S. GDP per year for the last six years - all by itself.  That is, I wasn't counting the Pentagon budget, the 'foreign aid', the CIA budget, etc.

I appreciate your Victory Parade rubric and will try to incorporate it in my Party work - which also involves primaries for just the types of 'representatives' that you name.

paul spencer

by paul spencer (spencerinthegorge AT yahoo DOT com) on Mon Sep 28th, 2009 at 12:05:53 AM EST
... system of self-reproducing and mutually reinforcing institutions, as any important part of any establishment always is.

Which is why it is more likely to collapse in a heap after a crack in the system leads people to re-assess long established habits of behavior than in a slow, steady way as the benefit/cost evolves further and further into the red.

It was raised in the Agent Orange version what about Iraq/Afghanistan, but of course among the purposes of those occupations is the need to justify the big NATO airbases. Its only in a crisis that any of the interests primarily supporting the occupation would even consider throwing any NATO base to the wolves in a budget fight - but in crisis, interests under threat themselves aren't always in a position to pick and choose the policy choices available.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Mon Sep 28th, 2009 at 09:05:08 AM EST
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