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War Makes A Lousy Economic Policy?

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An overwhelming majority of Americans thinks so.

From CNN:

In the CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll conducted last weekend, 71 percent said they think U.S. spending in Iraq is a reason for the nation’s poor economy. Twenty-eight percent said they didn’t think so.

The weekend poll, timed to coincide with the Iraq war’s fifth anniversary, also showed little U.S. support for the conflict. Fewer than one in three respondents — 32 percent — said they support the war, while 66 percent said they oppose it.

Sixty-one percent of those polled said the next president should remove most U.S. troops from Iraq “within a few months of taking office.”

Only 36 percent of those polled said the situation in Iraq was worth going to war over — down from 68 percent in March 2003, when the war began.

So is the war the reason our economy slumping? The short answer is “probably not”, but frankly, it doesn’t matter when this many Americans think it’s the case. It’s obvious that they the nation isn’t happy with spending untold billions on a broken foreign policy, while at the same time not focusing attention stateside at the problems within our own borders.

One silver lining to the war? It’s going to be hard for politicos to argue that we should spend hundreds of billions of dollars on a discredited foreign policy with no discernible return on our investment and not spend a fraction of that same budget on making sure people have access to health care.

And so it goes…