Taking longer to achieve less than we initially intended is also costing far more than anyone ever imagined. In 2003, White House economic adviser Lawrence Lindsey suggested that invading Iraq might run up a tab of as much as US$200 billion - a seemingly astronomical sum. Although Lindsey soon found himself out of a job as a result, he turned out to be a piker. The bill for our post-9/11 wars already exceeds a trillion dollars, all of it piled atop our mushrooming national debt. Helped in no small measure by Obama's war policies, the meter is still running.
So are we almost there yet? Not even. The truth is we're lost in the desert, careening down an unmarked road, odometer busted, GPS
on the fritz, and fuel gauge hovering just above E. Washington can only hope that the American people, napping in the backseat, won't notice.