I’ve got a kid — one of my son’s gang of high school pals, they are all our kids — flying back seat in an F-15 in Afghanistan right now. He’s using a $50 million piece of equipment to try to blow up individual bad guys, which pretty much says all you need to know about how stupidly expensive this war is considering the results we’re getting: One more dead bad guy there who couldn’t hurt us here if he tried.
Really, why ARE we in Afghanistan? And for eight – nine years now? Cripes. We’re spending $8 billion a month on this idiocy while budget writers here talk about cutting off funds for Medicare for our own senior citizens to reduce the deficit.
I have a better idea how to reduce the deficit: Defund the Afghan war in the 2012 budget. Save $1 trillion over the next ten years and, yes, if we let it, that war could easily last that much longer. Defunding now gives the generals until Sept. 30 to pull everyone out, bring them home, end of story.
Gladly, it’s not just me with this idea. A growing bipartisan concensus in Congress (click) feels the same way.
Really, what is the point? To save the poor suffering Afghans from a brutal Taliban regime? All the Afghan people have had for 2000 years is brutal regimes. The one we’re supporting is corrupt and brutal. So will the one that overthrows it. That’s how they do things in Afghanistan.
We can’t change that. We can change how we deal with our own people. An extra $8 billion a month would come in might handy to do that.