• At just over nine years of age, this war is already the longest in American history. And this Saturday we’ll eclipse the Soviet Union’s misadventure in Afghanistan; the Soviets brought their own personal Vietnam to an end after nine years and seven weeks.Wright makes a pretty good case that America's presence in Afghanistan does more to hurt our security than to help it. Read the whole thing.
• And the cost of the Afghanistan war already exceeds the cost of the Vietnam and Korean Wars combined, even in inflation-adjusted dollars. At $100 billion a year (seven times the gross domestic product of Afghanistan) this war is feeding a deficit that will eventually take its toll in real, human terms.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Afghanistan Quagmire Watch
Robert Wright offers up two nuggets of information about the Afghanistan War that make me wince: