A couple of years back, the curmudgeonly Rooney, whom my mother loves, flipped out on TV. It wasn't widely reported; it wasn't widely noticed.
It was just prior to, or immediately following, the bombing of Iraq and he seemed to be flashing back to WWII. A Frenchman was giving him a hard time, he recalled, and he barked something about that Frenchman speaking German were it not for America. True enough I suppose but the anti-France bandwagon hopping was a huge disappointment and cooled me on the man.
Well, better late than never I suppose.
Trying to grasp just what $5,600,000,000 actually is, Rooney touches on the way we pay for such massive expenditures (borrowing from countries like China) and catalogs the services cut, asking: "Do these sound like things that you'd like to cut back on?" [VIDEO]
He then compares worldwide military spending culminating in a warning from a past president. It's simple, crusty, effective. It's why my mother loved him. (Crooks & Liars has the video)
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