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  •  Worth a look for a cautionary tale: (9+ / 0-)

    "The high cost of disengagement" by Walter Pincus. Considering

    Iraq and Afghanistan are the first U.S. wars in which the American public was not asked to pay a cent in additional taxes.
    and the public was stampeded into the Iraq fiasco and fleeced in an ill begotten proxy hunt for the enemy and a massive nation building effort in Afghanistan we have
    The United States has spent nearly $600 billion over the past 10 years putting combat forces into Afghanistan. Now it’s going to cost an additional $5.7 billion over the next year or two just to transfer or return most of the troops and equipment we shipped into that country, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office.
    Meanwhile, the Defense Department estimates that the military services have more than 750,000 major items worth more than $36 billion in Afghanistan, including about 50,000 vehicles and more than 90,000 shipping containers of materiel, according to the GAO report.
    That does not count the lives lost and the lifelong cost to the individual and nation of the wounded. War is a last resort. Getting into one on a credit card and flag waving drum beating without thought of the real cost always has really, really bad results compounding the expected terrible ones.

    The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

    by pelagicray on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 05:10:24 AM PST

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