Member Of John Boehner’s ‘Kitchen Cabinet’ Of Economists Supports Afghanistan Withdrawal
WASHINGTON — As Congress looks at all sorts of discretionary non-defense projects to cut to reduce the deficit, a core member of House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) circle of economic advisers is advocating the United States reduce its footprint internationally, including by pulling out of the war in Afghanistan.
Shortly after the 2010 elections, Boehner “assembled a kitchen cabinet of economic advisers,” The New York Times reported, “who have served as a sounding board over the last few months.”
One of the key members of that group is Allan Meltzer, a professor of political economic at Carnegie Mellon University and the leading historian of the Federal Reserve. In 2000, he chaired the International Financial Institution Advisory Commission, which recommended changes to operations of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank and concluded much of U.S. foreign aid is wasted.