The CNN posting of Julian E. Zelizer's commentary titled, "How Afghanistan became the ignored war." mirrors much of what I feel and makes me wonder even more about the cost in dollars.
Folks, we cannot treat this expenditure like a gym membership we don't use and refuse to cancel due to the embarrassment accompanied by such a thing. It's a sad analogy, and certainly not something we want to associate with the loss and sacrifice of lives.
As a member of the largest consumer driven economy in the world, I have gained an education that serves me well enough to ask, "What is my money buying me?"
But instead of stewing in the realm of buyers regret, lets pretend for a moment that we had a choice to take the money for a war we have already lost, and lets use it instead for something that will make a difference at home in a most immediate way.
The latest statistic I've seen is 9,000,000,000 (NINE BILLION) dollars a month for the war in Afghanistan alone. OK....Let's see, what on earth could you buy with such a paltry sum of money?
- Start helping states recover their deficits, specifically those who's economies are closest to bankruptcy
- Start paying teachers, instead of firing them
- Start to fund more scholarships and grants to students
- Start providing veterans the health-care benefits they truly deserve
- Start the largest job creation event since the depression, and start rebuilding this countries infrastructure
- Start building new power grids that can connect to new power sources
- Start building huge fields of wind and solar energy farms
- Start building a viable security system at all points of entry into this country in order to protect ourselves from crazed terrorists
If you want a wake up call, a veritable slap of reality in the face about the ever growing price tag of the wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001, go to http://costofwar.com . It's a pretty informative web site, I especially liked the part where you could see the trade offs.
California currently has a state deficit of 16,000,000,000 (16 Billion) dollars, it's contribution in tax's towards the war since 2001 has been 132,000,000,000 (132 Billion) dollars and counting.
I have two questions people, what the fuck are we doing, and are we out of our fucking minds?!