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Comment by Jean Marie on May 2, 2011 at 8:31pm

to doone's post below, i am guessing that Homeland (?) Security falls

under defense....dang, lost it, i USED TO have this great graph, not a pie chart, but a graph, on US military/defense spending, lined up to other countries' spending, and across top it said, "ever wonder why USA is only nation that doesn't have healthcare?"

priceless, but, i lost it....

 

but, here's a good one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comment by Doone on May 2, 2011 at 6:00pm

How Wasteful is Spending on Homeland Security?

by JOHN SIDES on APRIL 29, 2011 

in POLITICAL ECONOMY,WAR

The cumulative increase in expenditures on US domestic homeland security over the decade since 9/11 exceeds one trillion dollars. It is clearly time to examine these massive expenditures applying risk assessment and cost-benefit approaches that have been standard for decades. Thus far, officials do not seem to have done so and have engaged in various forms of probability neglect by focusing on worst case scenarios; adding, rather than multiplying, the probabilities; assessing relative, rather than absolute, risk; and inflating terrorist capacities and the importance of potential terrorist targets. We find that enhanced expenditures have been excessive: to be deemed cost-effective in analyses that substantially bias the consideration toward the opposite conclusion, they would have to deter, prevent, foil, or protect against 1,667 otherwise successful Times-Square type attacks per year, or more than four per day. Although there are emotional and political pressures on the terrorism issue, this does not relieve politicians and bureaucrats of the fundamental responsibility of informing the public of the limited risk that terrorism presents and of seeking to expend funds wisely. Moreover, political concerns may be over-wrought: restrained reaction has often proved to be entirely acceptable politically.

From a new paper (pdf) by John Mueller and Mark Stewart. Their book on this subject is forthcoming.

Comment by Jean Marie on May 2, 2011 at 3:02pm

I'm reposting this comment from the "Fox News Watch" group, to here also:

roflmao, i have been watching Clusterfaux news today, to see how they could find a way to spin Bin Laden being killed as something POTUS handled wrong,

and

in five minutes of watching Fox, they suggested it might not really be Bin Laden, he might have already been dead, why did they dispose of the body??  HOw the choice to "slip" the body into ocean rather than "dump" the body was POTUS trying to "appease" the terrorists by showing respect to Bin Laden's dead body, suggested W had hand in all this, ran clip of W with his bullhorn on 9-11 again, showed several pictures of W, not Obama, but W!!! (so far, no questions about Bin Laden's birth certificate though)

then i turned it off, all that, in just FIVE minutes...

 

by sunset today, all Faux news viewers will be convinced W did this, that Obama is a "terrorist appeaser", or, Bin Laden's body was already dead and stored in Area 51 or something...

Comment by Adriana on May 2, 2011 at 2:45pm
I found this article on Hullabaloo about Bin Laden's killing almost 10 years after 9/11 very well written, sobering, I agree with the author (digby) completely in his view of the event.
Comment by Sydni Moser on May 2, 2011 at 1:08pm

TEE-HEE

 

 

 

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Comment by Doone on May 2, 2011 at 1:17am

Macro of the Day

May. 1, 2011

Macro of the Day

Macro of the Day: This should have been his official statement.

Comment by Doone on May 2, 2011 at 12:53am

Live-Blogging: The Arc Of Justice

12.50 pm. The eighth anniversary of "Mission Accomplished." To the day. The 66th anniversary of the anouncement of the death of Adolph Hitler. To the day.

12.45 A reader writes:

I find myself torn morally. I am against capital punishment. Against torture. Against war except for self-defense. Yet I feel nothing but happiness that Bin Laden is dead.

12.42 pm Von Hoffmann Award Nominee:

Carter blew it with Iran, encouraging the Iranian armed forces to stay in their barracks, while Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's radical Islamists (whom Carter thought of as "reformers") took power, and then approved the ill-conceived hostage rescue mission that ended with ignominious failure in the desert. Obama, by contrast, could only wish for such success.

- Glenn Reynolds.

12. 41 am. I have been sometimes at a loss to understand why president Obama would have escalated the war in Afghanistan as far as he did. Do you think it could because he was aiming for this all along?

12.40 pm. Wolcott:

It's taken so long for his death to come (although it's been rumored for years, that he was being used as a useful ghost to keep the specter of terrorism alive) that I didn't think I'd be tearful when word finally came, that his death would be a long overdue postscript to a terrible decade, but I was wrong.

12.35 am. Quote for the Day:

When a man's partner is killed, he's supposed to do something about it. It doesn't make any difference what you thought of him. He was your partner and you're supposed to do something about it. And it happens we're in the detective business. Well, when one of your organization gets killed, it's-it's bad business to let the killer get away with it, bad all around, bad for every detective everywhere.

- Humphrey Bogart, as Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon.

12.34 am. Here's the Beast's tweet-feed. Osama was shot in the head? And here's how the story spread around the Internet.

12.30 am. I want to go down there. Aaron rushed down 16th Street about half an hour ago. He's headed to the White House. The whole neighborhood is stirring.

12.21 am The more I hear the more Obama seems very close to this over the last few months: in weekly meetings, deeply involved in five national security meetings recently. This was not a lucky break. This was the end-point of several weeks of coordination. And Obama's cool throughout. As Donald Trump was birthering out, Obama was aiming right at this country's deadliest enemy.

Everyone in both the Bush and the Obama administration who helped make this happen deserve our thanks, especially the unsung federal employees in the CIA and the special forces who are loyal to no party but to the constitution. But it remains obvious that the president who kills Osama bin Laden is a president who is going to be almost impossible to beat in 2012.

This has the feel of the kind of operation John Kennedy would have loved to have pulled off - and had a martini after. Here's hoping the president enjoys at least one Martini and one cigarette.

12.20 am One piece of conventional wisdom over-turned: the Pakistani military was not cooperating with the US. It seems they were crucial in the operation, on the ground.

12.17 am So Donald Rumsfeld's spokesman broke the news in the tweet: “So I’m told by a reputable person they have killed Osama Bin Laden. Hot damn.”

12.08 am Can I say how deeply moving it is that a man named Barack Hussein Obama gave the order for the operation that killed Osama bin Laden?

The pre-eminent symbol of our the multicultural, multiracial society of the future defeated the pre-eminent symbol of the darkest, bleakest throwback to medieval religious fanaticism. Im not ashamed to use the following language: Good defeated evil. And hope rekindles again.

12.03 am. This sounds like a highly dangerous, immensely courageous act of daring, a military and intelligence coup that will be taught in high schools for as long as America exists. This wasn't just a lucky bomb or a drone attack; it was an elaborate, carefully planned and successfully completed operation - deep in an urban area in deepest Pakistan. This was one badass achievement.

11.44 pm. The president's announcement walked the fine line between the appropriate sobriety of a profound moment and the immense pride and joy the United States must feel in bringing an end to this monster's threat to the world. It framed the successful attack as a result of a presidential decision to make getting Bin Laden the highest priority of American forces. And the way he revealed how long this has operation has been going on and how persistent the US forces have been, the prouder one becomes.

11.30 pm. I put the video up above for obvious reasons. The TV anchors are all abut the future right now, what the impact will be, how it will interact with the Arab Spring, etc etc. And that's understandable. But can we first take a moment to remember what was done to more than 3,000 human beings nearly ten years ago by this religious mass murderer? It was not just done to them, but to the families and friends of all of them, and to the principle of freedom of religion and freedom itself. That day changed a huge amount for all of us. We thought of it as a war (with all the awful consequences of that definition) because the act that started it was an act of war. And so we feel now that this moment is, in some ways, the end of that war.

We know, of course, that this struggle will go on with new groups and new plots and new atrocities. But this man symbolized its hideous beginning. Almost its meaning.

So victory. Yes, victory. And justice. Yes, justice.

God Bless America.

11.20 pm. What to say? To know that this mass murderer has been killed, and by US forces, brings a sense of joy that surpasses adequate expression. Finally, this ghastly ten year old war feels as if it has been for at least something. Saddam had not attacked us. Bin Laden had. This is the moment of justice for his despicable act of mass murder.

Comment by Doone on May 1, 2011 at 10:11pm

Washington Post:

“The nation’s unnerving descent into debt began a decade ago with a choice, not a crisis.

In January 2001, with the budget balanced and clear sailing ahead, the Congressional Budget Office forecast ever-larger annual surpluses indefinitely. The outlook was so rosy, the CBO said, that Washington would have enough money by the end of the decade to pay off everything it owed.

Voices of caution were swept aside in the rush to take advantage of the apparent bounty. Political leaders chose to cut taxes, jack up spending and, for the first time in U.S. history, wage two wars solely with borrowed funds. “In the end, the floodgates opened,” said former senator Pete Domenici (R-N.M.), who chaired the Senate Budget Committee when the first tax-cut bill hit Capitol Hill in early 2001.

Now, instead of tending a nest egg of more than $2 trillion, the federal government expects to owe more than $10 trillion to outside investors by the end of this year. The national debt is larger, as a percentage of the economy, than at any time in U.S. history except for the period shortly after World War II.”

http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2011/05/from-surplus-to-debt/
Comment by Doone on May 1, 2011 at 10:10pm
 
 
 

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