Saturday, January 24, 2009

How will troop redeployment save money?

Remember this campaign promise? Obama pledged to withdraw most troops from Iraq within sixteen months, in order to free up billions of dollars to pay for urgent domestic needs.

"The top Marine commander said Friday that his forces already had begun pulling equipment out of Iraq and that nearly all of his troops could be out in as little as six months. . . . There are 22,000 Marines in Iraq . . . Conway said that he didn't want to maintain a large Marine presence in Iraq when the military was expected to send as many as 20,000 more Marines to Afghanistan this spring."

How does transferring troops from Iraq to Afghanistan result in any savings? Yes, we will spend billions less is Iraq. But, we will spend billions more in Afghanistan. Net savings? Nothing.

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