During the Obama speech Wednesday night, Obama tried to link the spending in Iraq with the cost of a government run health care program. On cue, Hillary Clinton, Barbara Feinstein and other Democrats that voted both for authorizing the Iraqi invasion as well as for allocating funds for the Iraq war stood and applauded.
But the hypocrisy isn't really the point.
This apparently was on the list of the Daily Talking Points for Democrats. I later saw a couple of Democratic strategists parroting this point. "If we have enough money to go to war in Iraq, why don't we have enough money to pay for health care?"
Well, frankly, that's a stupid question. And it's a stupid argument for Health Care.
Nobody ever goes to war with the idea of "what's it going to cost?" in mind.
Mr. Roosevelt, the Japanese just bombed Pearl Harbor. Whether we like it or not, we are in this war.Oh really? What's it going to cost.It could cost half a million lives.No, no. Give me the dollars. A billion? Ten billion.Well, uh, nobody knows, but it could cost several billion.Don't you know we're in the middle of a recession!!!?? We don't even have nationalized health care yet!!! We can't go to war!!!??? Tell the Japs they can have Hawaii, Alaska, California and Nevada, but we're keeping Washington and Oregon. We can count on them to vote Democrat.
You go to war for one reason, and one reason only. It's in America's best interest. We can argue whether or not it's really in our best interest. The case can be made that Korea, Vietnam and Iraq were not worth going to war over. That may or may not be the case. But somewhere in the decision making process, our leaders felt that it was worth risking the lives of our young men to fight in those wars.
Regardless of the cost.
I don't think the Obamites are winning any points with this argument. The independent, moderate American voters clearly were tired of the Iraq war by 2008. That's a big reason why Obama won.
But the fact is, those people understand that we didn't go into Iraq with a calculator on one had deciding whether or not it was worth a few billion dollars. We went in because it was in America's best interest.
And if they want to make the case for spending billions on government run health care, they are going to have to make the case that it's also in America's best interest.
Good luck. That one's going to be a tough sell.