I found this 9 minutes of discussion on the two Gulf Wars between President George H.W. Bush, Richard Cheney, Colin Powell, Brent Scowcroft, James Baker and others fascinating. Scowcroft doesn’t say a word. Cheney says that while personal relations between some of those around the table are not back to “peace”, there is a truce.
One of the issues that was missing in the questions was the fact that the first Gulf War was paid for by a $13 billion check given to us by the Japanese who imposed a Gulf War tax on their own people to do their part. There is little discussion today of how America has paid for the Iraq War and Afghanistan War. In fact, we are not even trying to find offsets.
The FY2011 expenditure for just the Afghanistan War will be $119 billion in a country whose GDP is just $14 billion.
— Steve Clemons