Kathy, you want to blame Clinton for not acting about bin Laden, but not Bush? Clinton warned Bush about him as he left office. Bush only reacted after it was too late, and then in the wrong place.
we were attacked multiple times under clinton. not only did he fail to react, but he took steps that made us less safe. so what? as he went out the door he said, "oh, that bin laden guy, you'd better get right on killing him....with what i left you"
if you really want to compare clintons 8 years to bush's 8 months...then i guess you can. interesting that 5 years after bush, it's all still his fault, but 8 month after clinton, clinton is absolved.
I'd say that things like no-bid defense contracts, for example, would be one way defense money is wasted. My family of origin is in a business that relies on bids. Cannot even imagine the corruption that would happen if people were awarded huge contracts without the bidding and oversight process.
it generally has nothing to do with corruption. no bids are awarded when time is an issue, when you already have a company working in an area, or when the company is the only one able to do the job or do it in a timely fashion.
take a company like Halliburton. it's everyone's favorite whipping boy, but the reason both clinton and bush gave them no bid contracts is that they had programs that filled all the military gaps from the "peace dividend". clinton massively cut the military and that looked really good on paper, but all those jobs he cut out were training and support jobs. they still needed to be done so the jobs went to contractors. Halliburton was ready to do the job, had the people, had the infrastructure. same reason we use companies like blackwater, or whatever they are called now.
MSM is main stream media. it includes your NPR.
i can't address your numbers. they may be right. i looked at the site and the "who we are" section. running through the names causes me to think that more likely than not, the numbers are over stated. even so, war is expensive. i can't see that it could be called a non-partisan site with that lineup.
this from the Business Insider is interesting
The amount the U.S. spends in Afghanistan and Iraq each month could run the entire State Department for four months.
For the cost of one month in Iraq and Afghanistan, NASA could have launched the space shuttle five more times.
Medicare's 2003 expanded drug benefits for seniors that will cost $385 billion over 10 years could be paid for with 40 months of Pentagon spending in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Two years of air conditioning for troops in Afghanistan at $38 billion could provide 40 years of federal Amtrak funding.
Five years of fuel for vehicles, generators and aircraft in Afghanistan at $10.3 billion could have paid for the 2010 EPA budget.
of all the things listed, the only thing that is a legitimate job of the feds is the state department. think how much money we could save if we dumped all the things that are not the constitutional job of the feds?
even in a time of war, war and defense spending are not budget breakers. it's social welfare programs that take the biggest bite out of the budget. those things that you support, but give us 0 return.