No Cost Too High in the Fight for Freedom
Some professor type at an East Coast university just presented a detailed analysis of how much the Iraq and Afghanistan wars will ultimately cost the American people, when you figure in healthcare costs for wounded and maimed veterans. And all the other stuff: bombs and radios and what have you. Supposedly the price tag will eventually be about $6 trillion. Or, $6,000,000,000,000, if you’re not into the whole brevity thing.
Six trillion dollars! It sounds like a lot of money, and it is. Our current annual budget — like, to run the whole country and keep our brave military protectors well fed — is around $3.8 trillion. So, yeah, it’s going to take some time to pay for these two wars. Maybe around thirty or forty years, unless we find soon another resource-rich nation we can annex, perhaps Mexico. Some economists predict that America won’t feel the full cost of these wars for another decade or two, when the psychiatric bills start coming due. Some folks are feeling the pinch right now. The money pain is real, and we’re going to be dealing with it for the rest of our lives.
But that’s OK. That’s great, actually. Because those of us who funded these two wars can rest assured that this was $6 trillion well spent. You might say it’s the best $6 trillion America ever invested in itself.
It would be wrong — and so negative — to complain, as some people do, that this money could have been better spent on [insert your pet project here; like, “education,” or “healthcare”]. What a horrible dishonor to our fallen heroes to suggest that this was money wasted! In case you are not aware of this little fact, we would like to alert you that: OSAMA BIN LADEN IS DEAD. The leader of Al Qaeda is dead. Still think that $6 trillion wasn’t money well spent?
The editorial pages of all the (leftist) newspapers in the country can rail against war profiteering, and uppity women like Naomi Klein can write rude books like “The Shock Doctrine.” But amid all the noise, one beautiful truth sings out: There is literally no cost too high in the ongoing and never-ending fight for freedom. You literally cannot put a price tag on something so precious. Freedom.
Freedom. Freedom to choose. Freedom to drive the kind of truck you want to drive without going broke at the pump, freedom to hunt wild animals with the assault weapon of your choosing, freedom to not have to listen to some fat cat in Washington (or, God forbid, some mullah in Mecca) telling you what’s right. Freedom is what makes us Americans.
So let’s all just resolve to work a little harder. Everybody put in their fair share. Take up the collection. Sooner than you can say “the only good terrorist is a dead terrorist,” we’ll have this Iraq and Afghanistan bill paid in full. And then we can start saving up for the next one.