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  •  Hmmm. Aren't military jobs, jobs? (1+ / 0-)
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    Cartoon Peril

    To bring all of those Reservists and Guardsman home again will require finding places for them to work, too.

    I'm not advocating anything other than total and immediate withdrawal ... but we all know what that leads to.

    •  Military spending is NOT cost effective. (4+ / 0-)

      A million bucks a troop is what they are saying it will cost.  But those troops see only a fraction of that - a teeeeeeeny tiny fraction.  If they were actually paying the military personnel something better than near poverty level wages, I'd allow for the 30,000 jobs in afghanistan as a job creation - but as it stands - everything about this war and most wars is just a black hole of economic destruction.

      •  Agreed ... without equivocation. (3+ / 0-)
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        Kimberley, inclusiveheart, Egalitare

        The cost of war is obscene - and the costs of the Afghanistan occupation is obscene by one order of magnitude.  Why it is as expensive as it is has been covered widely by the press.  And an even greater obscenity is the fact that if all those dollars were actually applied to "nation building", instead of supporting our ill-conceived occupation, some of the results we profess to be pursuing there might actually become achievable.

        •  This administration is opposed to nation building (0+ / 0-)

          overseas AND at home - that's the stunning part of this story.  It used to be that people frowned on "nation building" overseas because we needed to focus on our country - now it seems these people think it sucks here too.  Don't know how in the world they can qualify as public servants if they don't care to serve the people of this country.

      •  only way it is cost effective (1+ / 0-)
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        with a significant ROI is to use Caesar's Gallic model where you loot a country, leaving some 100,000 corpses in your wake with the survivors enslaved

    •  but if there were no wars, some stay in longer (0+ / 0-)

      if they are stationed in the US. There is not the rush to get out in peace time.

      •  I'm not referring to enlistees ... (1+ / 0-)
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        I was referring to Guardsman and Reservists - who are discharged after returning from deployment.  Career soldiers might opt to re-up and stay in longer.  But those who have been "called up" when needed are then released as soon as their "mission" is over.  The problem with being "in reserve" is that there's no limit to the times they can call you up.

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