|
|
|
Wayne Post
A blog 'for independent minds'
Can we talk about Afghanistan?
email print
About this blog
Opinion page editor Rick Holmes and other writers blog about national politics and issues. Holmes & Co. is a Blog for Independent Minds, a place for a free-flowing discussion of policy, news and opinion. This blog is the online cousin of the Opinion ...
X
Political Views
Opinion page editor Rick Holmes and other writers blog about national politics and issues. Holmes & Co. is a Blog for Independent Minds, a place for a free-flowing discussion of policy, news and opinion. This blog is the online cousin of the Opinion section of the MetroWest Daily News in Framingham, Mass. As such, our focus starts there and spreads to include Massachusetts, the nation and the world. Since successful blogs create communities of readers and writers, we hope the \x34& Co.\x34 will also come to include you.
Recent Posts
April 17, 2014 12:16 a.m.
April 16, 2014 6:10 p.m.
April 15, 2014 12:16 p.m.
April 13, 2014 6:17 p.m.
April 13, 2014 6:17 p.m.
By Rick Holmes
Jan. 12, 2014 12:05 p.m.



I’m not holding my breath waiting for what Meet The Press labels Bob Gates’ “Bombshell Memoir,” to prompt a serious discussion about the choices the administration made in Afghanistan, and what we should be learning from America’s longest war.

But in my column today, I give it a try.

Meanwhile, Newsday writer Lane Filler looks at a too-similar story in Iraq, using some simple math:

“The Iraq War, by 2017, will have cost the United States about $2 trillion, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Iraq, as the war began, had a population of 27 million. That means the conflict cost about $74,000 per Iraqi. In the future, we might consider just giving each person in a hostile nation $25,000, and telling them they each get an additional $25,000 in 10 years if they behave. It would be a cheaper way to change a nation than attacking, and based on recent headlines, it could not be any less effective.”






 

Recent Posts

    latest blogs

    • Community
    • National