The heated debate over the US debt ceiling focused almost exclusively on cuts in social security and raising taxes. But a main item of government expenditure was hardly addressed at all: The rising cost of the wars.For weeks a fierce political fight over government debt raged in Washington. Both parties agreed that a default had to be avoided and that the debt burden of the US must be addressed.
And not only was it not addressed but people like Senator Harry Reid were allowed to lie and pretend U.S. forces were all coming out of Iraq.
Now that the vote is over in the Congress, suddenly it is time for the U.S. and Iraqi governments to negotiate on extending the US military presence beyond this year.
President Barack Obama is a liar.
I said it even if the pathetic Matthew Rothschild cannot (C.I. takes on Mr. Rothschild in the snapshot below).
The Iraq War is not ending. And notice how Amy Goodman rushes to make sure you understand that it is no big deal while Matthew Rothschild hurries over to tell you it is President Pentagon that is responsible, not Barack Obama because he is not president.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today: