Related to this morning’s post about the find of $1 trillion dollars worth of minerals in Afghanistan, even if we were to capture (if the verb fits….) ten percent of the total worth of those resources, it still wouldn’t come close to the break-even point for the occupation of Afghanistan (which is somewhere between $200-$300 billion). If this will be the justification for staying even more Friedman units in Afghanistan, we’re so stupid we can’t even figure out how to make money off the deal.
(This venal argument ignores the “what do you say to the last man to die for a mistake” principle. Which should be operative. Along with many other things, ideally).