In recent commentaries marking the 10th anniversary of the war in Iraq, I've seen no mention of the role played at the outset of that war by our former governor and current Purdue president, Mitch Daniels.
At the time, Daniels was President George W. Bush's budget director, and confidently assured a skeptical Congress hesitant to go to war that it would be "a very affordable endeavor." It would cost no more than $65 billion.
Ten years later, we now know how massively inept Daniels' prediction was. Recent estimates place the direct and indirect costs of the war at around $3 trillion -- almost 50 times what Daniels had estimated.
Daniels not only has never been held in any way accountable for this act of economic malfeasance, he also has been one of the most strident of the Republican voices blaming President Barack Obama for increases in our national debt and "out of control spending."
In an act of nearly unbelievable hypocrisy, Daniels is in effect blaming Obama for paying down debts that in large measure have been incurred because of his own financial incompetence.
- John Feaster, Valparaiso