Sunday, November 15, 2009

Putting Two and Two Together on Afghanistan

Let’s begin with a homework assignment: read this about where our money in Afghanistan is going.

Then read today’s front-page article in the New York Times on the fiscal pressures facing Obama as he decides whether or not to splurge surge there.

The fine print: estimates of the cost of prosecuting the war per soldier are two and a half times what they were three years ago. Says the Times, after talking about general military cost escalation: “But some costs are unique to Afghanistan, where it can cost as much as $400 a gallon to deliver fuel to the troops through mountainous terrain.”

I wonder how they can afford to heat their homes in Switzerland.

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