The costs of war dominate the U.S. defense budget, explaining why major programs (see pp. 51-56) must fight for survival, even with $660 billion plus flowing into the Pentagon in Fiscal 2010. In the long line of presidents preceding Barack Obama, only Harry S. Truman entered office while the nation was waging war on two fronts—but that fact is where the comparisons between 1945 and 2009 end. By the time Obama became the 44th president in January 2009, the war in Iraq had reached a steady ...


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