Grayson: Replace Sequester with Ending Afghanistan War
Congressman Alan Grayson says we could stave off the sequester cuts by simply ending our useless war in Afghanistan.
HuffPo (“Alan Grayson, Florida Congressman: Replace Sequester Cuts With Ending Afghanistan War (VIDEO)“):
Democratic Florida Congressman Alan Grayson told HuffPost Live on Friday that he believes the automatic spending cuts triggered by sequestration should be replaced with a bill to immediately end the war in Afghanistan.
“Listen, we’re facing a nine percent cut in the food stamps program, a nine percent cut in home heating oil programs, nine percent cut in civil aeronautics, nine percent cuts in all sort of things that people actually use in their everyday lives — and we’d save the same amount of money if we simply ended the war in Afghanistan now,” Grayson told HuffPost Live host Alyona Minkovski.
“What’s the point?” Grayson continued. “Can’t we at least make intelligent choices and get our priorities straight?”
Grayson said his amendment, which was blocked by Republicans before it could go to a vote, would call for ending the war in 30 days, unless President Barack Obama felt this would put American servicemen and women’s lives at risk.
As a practical matter, we couldn’t achieve this savings any time soon even if Grayson’s bill passed. Even if we were willing to break our commitments to our allies in this manner, the logistics of extracting our forces are such that we’d need more than a year if we started today—unless we’re willing to simply leave tens of billions of dollars of hardware behind.
His rhetorical point, however, is well taken: we’re wasting massive sums fighting for goals that we’ve long known were unachievable while cutting popular programs at home. It makes no sense.