My apologies to other posters . . .but it seems obvious to me that the story is true.

It's common knowledge among political science folks (and world historians) that the way to end an empire is to bankrupt it.

It think it's also important to remember what the primary targets of the Sept 11 attacks were. . . and how they relate to the strategy taken by the group to try to bring the United States down.

If we respond by shredding our ideology -- they win.
If we respond by spending ourselves into oblivion -- they win.

So it seems to me like neither the repubs or demos offer a workable solution. Personally, I think Mr. Paul has it right.