It could cost as much as $3 billion, which supporters say is nothing compared to the size of the federal budget. But compared to Obama’s campaign rhetoric, where he pushed for eliminating a corporate-jet tax break valued at $3 billion over a decade, it could be considered a lot.
In the end, it’ll cost something. We’re not being told just what we’re buying.
But we’ll pay, and some could do so with their lives.
The Obama administration has promised “no boots on the ground.” But that leaves people wondering how effective airstrikes will be and whether troops will eventually get sucked into a bigger war.
War begets war.
War is particularly important in Florida, home to 20 major Air Force and Navy installations in addition to about 1.7 million veterans who receive $8 billion in services.
At Wednesday’s House Foreign Affairs Committee meeting, Ros-Lehtinen was joined by Orlando Rep. Alan Grayson, a Democratic congressman who pressed Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Gen. Martin Dempsey for more information.
Grayson has called some of the administration’s claims over Syria “flatly false” and questions whether and who used chemical weapons if at all. He questioned the administration over leaked transcripts intercepted allegedly from Syrian commanders appearing to indicate they ordered the attack.
“You will agree that it’s important that the administration not mislead the public in any way about these reports, won’t you?" Grayson asked Hagel.
“I’m not aware of the administration misleading the American public on this issue or any other issue,” Hagel said.
"Well, you agree that the only way to put that matter to rest is to release the original reports in some redacted form,” Grayson said. “Will you declassify it for this purpose?”
Hagel: “I just gave you my answer. I have no idea what exactly you’re talking about. I’d have to go back and look at it, I’d have to confer with others — our intelligence community — that’s all I can tell you.”
That’s all your government can tell your elected representative publicly.
Attention government shoppers: Caveat emptor.