2007 in Review, pt. 2: When in the course of current events…

Welcome back to day 2 of the S&R Year in Review. Today we tackle some of 2007’s big moments in news and current events.

The Invasion and Occupation of Iraq Surpasses the American Civil War in Duration: The United States’ involvement in World War I lasted only 19 months and World War II lasted 44 months for the United States, even though the war itself was nearly six years long. The occupation of Iraq (aka the Iraq War) outlasted World War II in November of 2006, making the duration of U.S. involvement in Iraq the third longest foreign occupation in U.S. history. The American Civil War lasted 48 months, and the Iraq occupation surpassed that duration on March 20, 2007. This makes the Iraq occupation the third longest running period of continuous conflict in U.S. history, behind only the Vietnam War and its sister conflict in post-Taliban Afghanistan. Continue reading

Does a force field protect defense spending from Democrats?

forcefield.jpg“Most Democratic candidates for president speak of increasing rather than slashing the military budget,” writes Frida Berrigan in a recent column on Foreign Policy in Focus. “Since President Bush came into office in 2001, the Pentagon’s budget has increased by more than one-third. The $481 billion proposed for 2008. . . is a jump of more than 10% over current spending.”

Like any sane person, she can’t help but conclude that “Given these figures — and the fact that. . . military spending has not [resulted in] the fulfillment of the Bush administration’s objectives — there is plenty of fodder for Democratic candidates wishing to take on the Bush administration’s love affair with the Pentagon.”

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