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Why Aren’t We Talking About
the Cost of War in Syria?

Fiscal Times, by Maureen Mackey

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Posted By:StormCnter, 9/9/2013 4:50:04 AM

Both President Obama and Congress are giving far too little consideration to the potentially huge costs of a U.S. military strike against Syria, according to longtime civil libertarian and three-time presidential candidate Ron Paul. The financial toll of retaliating against the Syrian government for its use of chemical weapons is the “one issue that not too many people have been talking about” – but they urgently ought to be, Paul said in an interview on Friday. Despite Obama’s assurances that U.S. military action won’t involve “boots on the ground,” Paul warned about the human cost of “so many more lives


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