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.”


 


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.”