Rachel Maddow has the War on Terror about right.

I wish more people would pay attention to what Maddow has to say.

It’s always struck me that bin Laden was out to bankrupt us. After his 9/11 deed, all this federal money started being spent on “keeping us safe”, without any accountability for whether we have gotten our money’s worth.

I have already talked about this in terms of wasted human life, those of our soldiers in situations where the objectives were not clear-cut: “When war becomes its own little thing.

Now is the time (as it should have been in 2002), for us to step back as a nation and ask ourselves: Where is the money going? Are we really getting safety for the trillions that are being spent?

What I love about what the President did this weekend is the fact that it was so clean and lean. That helicopter operation couldn’t have cost more than a million bucks in cash flow. (I am sure the hardware cost a lot, but we spent it already.) Go in, take the bad guy out, go home. It was like how the U.S. used to fight things.