Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Cost of the "Good War"

A "conservative estimate" — Killing Each Taliban Soldier Costs $50 Million? "A public discussion should be taking place in the United States regarding whether the Taliban have become too expensive an enemy to defeat." Especially given the fact that they never attacked us.

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Blogger Steve Hayes said...

I am reminded of an old computer game, from 20 years ago. It was called "Eastern Front", and in the game one was the supreme general of the Nazi forces invading Russia. The book of instructions accompanying the game explained that the game was designed to be unfair, and that it was impossible to win, and that that was the main lesson of the Eastern Front. Another was that "dead Russians don't help Germany".

But it seams that the big wheels of Nato have failed to learn the main lesson of the Eastern Front.

3:05 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

We need more such games. The Afghan version could be called "Graveyard of Empires," and players could choose to be Macedonian, Moghul, British, Soviet, or American, and lose.

11:36 PM  
Blogger Scott said...

I believe the counter-argument would be that if we are not killing them over there, they will be killing us over here (America).

And of course, the reason they try to kill us here is because we are over there you go. Money (and lives) well spent.

11:58 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

The military-industrial complex makes a killing in that vicious circle you describe.

9:31 AM  

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