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  •  $2 billion per week in Afghanistan -- (0+ / 0-)

    That's what we were spending at the peak of President Obama's troop surge.  $2 billion every week, flushed down a toilet.  I can't help thinking of all the better ways that money could have been spent.   Might have been nice to spend it on a few new non-defense-related public sector jobs.   Maybe hire some new teachers?  Well, too late now.  The money is gone.

    •  The money is not "gone" (1+ / 0-)
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      Money is never gone -- it doesn't disappear. It gets transferred from one pocket into another.

      The defense contractors, mercenary companies, consultants, etc. etc. made out like bandits during the Iraq & Afghan wars. So did some oligarchs in both those countries, and probably in support places like Uzbekistan. That's where our money went. (But adequate funding for the VA health system? Or for adequate personnel to process disability claims for returning vets? "We can't afford that.")

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