by Travis Sharp Published in the Topeka Capital-Journal on January 11, 2008 If you are anything like me, January is a time of considerable anxiety. My waistline has expanded after too many holiday cookies and too much eggnog. The sweater my grandmother gave me lies abandoned in the corner collecting dust. Worst of all, VISA […]
https://youtu.be/_B3QBp1MimM After recent congressional approval of $70 billion in additional spending for the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the total cost of the conflict has reached $700 billion, not to mention thousands of American and Iraqi lives. The costs skyrocket even further when you take debt costs and long-term veterans’ care into account. Click here […]
Congress’s failure to end the disastrous Iraq War in 2007 masked a series of less visible but nonetheless important triumphs on national security issues.
by Travis Sharp On December 18, 2007, the Senate approved an amendment introduced by Republican leader Mitch McConnell providing $70 billion in “bridge” funding for ongoing U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Bush administration has requested $196 billion in war funding for Fiscal Year 2008. The $70 billion “bridge” provides 36% of this […]
by Travis Sharp On November 30, 2007, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released an updated report on the infrastructure and performance of the Iraqi Security Forces. The report criticizes the Department of Defense’s overly optimistic reporting on progress, concluding that GAO cannot “find sufficient evidence for an assessment of ‘independent’ or ‘fully independent’ for […]