The Pentagon, readying for what it calls a “long war,” yesterday laid out a new 20-year defense strategy that envisions U.S. troops deployed, often clandestinely, in dozens of countries at once to fight terrorism and other nontraditional threats.
Let’s do the math: If we’re really looking at a 20-year war, based on the cost of the first three years of the war, the United States is looking at 15,000 dead, 81,000 casualties with life-altering injuries, and $2.7 trillion in war costs. Add to that the potential “enemy” “collateral deaths” and you’ve got a world pissed off to the nth degree at the global hegemonic power that the Bushies would have us become.
A decade from now the eroded civil liberties we live with today would be the raw material for persecution, not prosecution, of millions of innocent Americans who disagree with the direction the country has taken.
Not a recipe for success.