Al Qaeda could ensure the deaths of thousands of Americans simply by delaying health care reform for a few months. In fact, they should buy shares in health insurance companies and take a vacation. No need to get dusty and sweaty learning to disassemble AK-47s in 140° heat when we let our own die in record numbers from lack of access to–and denial of–health insurance.
The cost of our foreign adventurism in Afghanistan runs $1 million per soldier, per year. Most legislators don’t bat an eyelid at that mountain of smoldering money. Whatever it takes, they say. Yet providing a robust (the choice word these days) public option is too much of a bother for Democrats, not to mention the lesser forms of scum that inhabit the Senate such as Joe Lieberman.