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  •  Since most consequences are unintended (2+ / 0-)
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    wonmug, Jeffersonian Democrat

    it is impossible to weigh the costs in very meaningful ways. For example, Kissenger set the tone for diplomacy with his "real world" approach to problems which led to the Paris Peace Accords which doomed S VN (albeit maybe not a bad thing in the long run). Bin Laden is our own creation from arming the mujadeen to fight the Soviets.  We were successful in blunting the Soviet threat in the region but, in hindsight, the USSR was already on its last legs and maybe didn't need the additional push. Maybe letting it collapse of its own weight would have saved us Bin Laden and the current mess.
    No way to prove it but fascinating to consider.  

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