Why is so much money not working?

I must begin by saying that this is my first post to the YAL blog, so for all of you this will be your first time, but certainly not your last, reading my posts. I do not want to spend much time introducing myself as I feel that would take away from the dignity of the blog; this is not the time and place for introductions. I will only say that I enjoy feedback very much, even if it’s critical.

I am currently working for a congressional campaign as a campus coordinator for Liberty University.  In doing some research for the campaign, I came across the staggering amounts that the current wars have cost the U.S. and future generations. I had found that the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq cost over $987 billion.  So many questions came into my head when I saw that:

  • How much less could we have been taxed over the past 10 years if we didn’t have to pay for those wars?
  • If all we’re doing over there is “rebuilding the country,” then why does it cost so much?
  • Why hasn’t the army improved the armor that the soldiers wear if they have so much money?
  • Most of all, why are we still over there if we have so many resources?

There are so many more questions to ask, yet so few answers.  At Liberty, I always hear that the “radical Muslims” are the main reason we are fighting the war. Whenever I stop to ask these questions, proposing that maybe the people in the Middle East don’t hate us because the United States is seen as a “Christian nation,” the answer I almost always get is that I’ve been brainwashed by the liberal media.

I always find it so ironic that I didn’t start asking these questions until I began to research our foreign policy, while those who tell my I’ve been brainwashed typically don’t do their own research but believe whatever the news networks tell them. But I digress.

I often find myself, as I do now in the wee hours of the morning, asking these questions. Maybe the answer is that what we are doing over there can’t work. Maybe opening up trade routes to the Middle East and promoting real free trade would be the greatest fight against terrorism this world has ever seen. What we’re doing now obviously isn’t working, so perhaps we should try something that has been proven to work instead of something that has been proven to fail.

I end with a Thomas Jefferson quote: “Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.”

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