The War Machine Running Unopposed

There is a reason Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta characterized Mitt Romney’s criticism of the Afghanistan withdraw timetable as just “campaign rhetoric.” By Romney’s own admission, the substance of his strategy would still be the same.

Like all big government programs, the interventionists never retreat. The war drudges on, the cronies line their pockets, and more troops will be in Afghanistan by the end of the 2014 withdraw date than when Obama’s presidency began, according to ThinkProgress.

Going into the general election, the war issues has been essentially neutralized as Obama has been in near lock-step with the Bush administration’s “long-term commitments.” The war machine will likely get another pass this election season, giving leverage for military Keynesians to lobby for higher taxes and more direct central planning.