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Defending the World, Bankrupting Ourselves

HermanBB Wrote: Dec 06, 2012 10:33 AM
10,000 troops after 2014? Totally insane. * Small enough to be subject to constant guerilla attacks * Too small to stop any potential trouble * But large enough to be a scapegoat if (when) things go wrong
Wolfgang6 Wrote: Dec 06, 2012 12:19 PM
But this allows continuing juicy service contracts for connected corporations like Haliburton. We can't deny them their share of the lucre now can we?
DagNabbit Wrote: Dec 06, 2012 12:11 PM
The argument for leaving 10,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan after 2014 is more or less reasonable on its face. The Kabul government is fragile; our gains might be reversed; the Afghan military is not ready to stand on its own. Here's the unreasonable, unavoidable part: If we don't leave then, we probably never will.

The lesson of the past several decades is that once Americans establish ourselves to assure security, we stay as long as it takes and then stay some more. World War II has been over for 67 years, but we still have 37,000 troops in Japan and 53,000 in...