The war drums with Iran are getting louder when you listen to the GOP Presidential candidates. At last night's debate, both Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich did their fair share of beating those drums:
Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich said at the Republican presidential debate here Saturday night that they would be willing to go to war to keep Iran from attaining nuclear weapons if all other strategies failed.
Romney said that if "crippling sanctions" and other strategies fail, military action would be on the table because it is "unacceptable" for Iran to become a nuclear power.
Gingrich agreed, saying that if "maximum covert operations" and other strategies failed there would be no other choice. First, though, the United States consider "taking out their scientists," and "breaking up their systems, all of it covertly, all of it deniable," Gingrich said.
War isn't cheap. It isn't cheap at all and Afghanistan and Iraq have proven that, with a combined total running over $1 trillion per year. Iran also has a much stronger military than these other two countries, meaning a war with Iran will most likely cost much more.
These candidates have also said they will reduce the national debt, bring our budget under control and not raise taxes. Our military costs, cost of Medicare and Social Security and interest on loans eats up our yearly revenue alone. We have no room for additional defense spending without adding to the deficit or increasing revenue.
Now with these facts laid out, when will a debate moderator ask the trillion dollar question - how will you pay for this war?
This question is very serious and without any partisan spin. The facts and numbers show that we can't afford a war with Iran without increased revenue. So what's the proposed solution for funding these wars?
Sadly, I believe I know the answer to this question. They won't pay for it. Instead they will go back to the same budgetary hooligans that we saw under Bush. There will be no budgeting for a war with Iran and everything will rely upon "supplementals". That way they can beat their chests as the "fiscal conservative", like Bush did, while sneaking out hundreds of billions of extra money and sadly a lot of Americans will buy into it.
I just hope people stop and think about what I have said here. Our country can not afford war with Iran, short of totally getting rid of Social Security and Medicare. Are all Americans ready to make that sacrifice? Are these candidates ready to make that very unpopular decision? The answer to both is no, so there is no way that these candidates ideas on the budget and foreign policy can co-exist.