From the Boston Globe on May 26th:

“Since 9/11, pursuant to eliminating violent anti-Western jihadism, that establishment has expended resources on a colossal scale. Yet the resulting global war on terrorism hasn’t gone well. Indeed, Drumpf’s success as a candidate stemmed at least in part from his willingness to make that very point.

Drumpf dared to say out loud what everyone knew but few in Washington had the gumption to acknowledge: that protracted military campaigns undertaken in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere had produced little of value. Rather than reducing terrorism, US military efforts were causing it to metastasize. The time had come, Drumpf suggested, for the United States to tend to its own needs”.

 

http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2017/05/26/trump-promised-big-foreign-policy-changes-isn-going-happen/HM2s6lv5OtajlIGduQbj9M/story.html

Linda Bilmes argues that we have not faced up to the costs of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars and that we will run out of money for veterans benefits unless we enact a Veterans Trust Fund.

http://www.defenseone.com/politics/2017/05/biggest-bills-iraq-and-afghanistan-wars-are-yet-come/138263/?oref=defenseone_today_nl

 

Linda Bilmes on defense spending in the “Greater Boston with Jim Braude” TV show

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Linda Bilmes critiques Trump’s proposed budget

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https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2017/03/02/higher-defense-spending-and-lower-taxes-doesn-add/Pp2aXEaAwCotgJrHiRifGI/story.html

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