If hawks want more war and 40,000 more troops, let Obama address the nation and say “you want foot soldiers? It will cost you.” Then announce an immediate tax increase to pay for these 40,000 unfortunates.”
What a novel idea – pay for our wars! Let us never forget that Afghanistan/Iraq were the first wars we ever fought that were not accompanied by a tax to pay for them. (But then, it wasn’t so easy to borrow from China in those days.)
And further, let us not forget that budgets for the last seven years did not include the wars – they were ‘funded’ by ‘supplementals’, so they stayed off the balance sheet. The current budget includes the cost of the wars.