Saturday, April 6, 2013

Quittin' Costs an Arm and a Leg

 Well, the war in Afghanistan has probably caused hundreds, if not thousands, of real arms and legs. It is a war that, like many of our wars lately, seems interminable. The president has set 2014 is a time when we're going to withdraw. Of course that doesn't mean that no Americans will be left there. What it means is it will have some sort of "caretaker" force in place for God knows how many more years. So the war is still to be costing the American taxpayers out into the foreseeable future. Just like the war in Korea, which ended in an armistice in 1953. We still have thousands of troops over there at the cost of again, God knows how much.

But that just brings me to the point: getting out of Afghanistan is going to cost the taxpayers of the United States $5 billion just to move the tons and tons of equipment and vehicles out of there. (Story here.) At least $5 billion. Could be more. And of course we are going to leave billions of dollars worth of gear and equipment for the Afghan army to use. It just boggles my mind: we don't seem to have any trouble finding money for this kind of stuff, a war that's gone on for 12 years and that's cost us literally trillions of dollars. But there are 50 million people in this country who are "food challenged." A polite way of saying they don't have enough to eat. I just saw film yesterday with this shocking statistic: during their lifetime, one out of every two children in the United States will be hungry.

Think about this. We're getting ready – you better believe it – to fight another war, or two. Out there on the horizon we have North Korea, Iran, and Syria. Do you really think we're not going to get involved in one or several of these places?
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