May 7, 2011 by USA Post
Navy SEALs, Obama’s visit to the Navy SEAL who “” was Osama bin Laden, a poignant moment of national gratitude, not only for a job well done and not just for the raid may reduce the risk of terrorist attacks.
By contrast, the SEALs have also helped save a good deal of money from the U.S. – and just when you really need.
With the leader of Al Qaeda past, Americans have gained some peace of mind for their safety. And that could bring a “peace dividend” if the price of the “war on terror” can be reduced.
Without doubt, Al Qaeda and its affiliates will probably remain active to some extent, despite the death of his superior jihad. And the U.S. still have the military resources such as SEALs, as well as air passengers will probably have to remove their shoes for the Transportation Security Administration.
But with the death of bin Laden, U.S. can more sober assessment of the risks of t*rror*sm, perhaps less emotional rhetoric and partisan competition has driven up security spending far beyond what is reasonable.
Bin Laden had not realized that even small acts of terror could create fear among Americans that security spending could help boost the U.S. a dangerous debt. (It moves self-inflicted, such as excessive spending on health rights and subsidies that created the housing bubble, which have made the most financial damage.)
He learned a key lesson from his days in combating the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in late 1980. That war “bleeding Russia for 10 years until it went bankrupt,” said Bin Laden and Al Qaeda might also bleed “America to the point of bankruptcy.”
How much the U.S. has spent so far in the fight against terrorist groups like Al Qaeda?
Estimates vary widely, and sometimes depend on the perspective of economists. By all has to take account of the expenditure so far has probably prevented another catastrophic attack like 9 / 11, saving billions. And as always, is hard to put a price on saving lives.
The higher estimates up to and $ 3 billion over 15 years, or about a quarter of its one-year U.S. economic. In comparison, U.S. military spending during the Cold War was about six times that amount.
With the secret of hundreds of CIA agents for Homeland Security, exact figures on public spending are nearly impossible. It is easier to figure up the costs for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The nonpartisan Congressional reports Research Service and 1.28 billion have been appropriated for the wars so far. Costs continue to rise until the wars relax. Another study by two professors estimated that the cost of national security, including screening of air passengers in about a billion and since 2001.
President Bush established a standard of “zero tolerance” for another 9/11-style attack. He achieved his goal during his term, but at great cost in blood and money. And like a high bar leaves little room for risk assessment that can contain spending.
Obama has accelerated the withdrawal of Bush in Iraq, but hit spending in Afghanistan. Last month, called for the thorough review from the perspective of U.S. security.
Bin Laden’s death provides an opportune moment for a more realistic about the security risks and spending. U.S. should not fall back into the trap of Bin Laden of overreacting to spend too much to avoid the risks may be too small.
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