A few days ago, Faithfully Progressive noted an interesting correlation between a couple of different news events.
Its an interesting observation. There is no definitive or conclusive link, of course. We cannot honestly say that the money being spent on the occupation would have been used to maintain infrastructure (with a Republican congress, it may well have been refunded in further tax cuts instead…). But it is hardly a stretch to recognize that the money and priority wasn’t there because of the occupation.