In regards to the Sept. 11 news article “ We will destroy ISIL, Obama says”: The military effort aimed at the Islamic State needs to be viewed in a broader context. When the Pentagon’s budget for war-making is exhausted, the most likely course of action will be for the government to borrow money.
The Obama administration has done much to reduce the imbalance between revenue and expenditures, but Republicans always want more. Then after we’ve borrowed to wage war, they will scream for reduced spending, i.e., cuts to domestic programs. In other words, the financial impact of trying to take down the Islamic State will become a rope-a-dope scheme in which the American people, especially the poor, are the dope.
That must be prevented, and the way to do it is for Obama to tell the Congress that there will be no substantial military operation unless the Congress passes a tax increase. Moreover, Obama should demand that the legislation have at least 80 percent of the Republicans in the House as co-sponsors, and likewise in the Senate. In other words, demand that the Republicans support the military effort with new money. Put up or shut up!