From the Washington Post: Analysts Expect Long-Term, Costly U.S. Campaign in Afghanistan
As the Obama administration expands U.S. involvement in Afghanistan, military experts are warning that the United States is taking on security and political commitments that will last at least a decade and a cost that will probably eclipse that of the Iraq war. (emph. added)
After presenting some statistics, the article gets to the other point: get ready:
Military experts insist that the additional resources are necessary. But many, including some advising McChrystal, say they fear the public has not been made aware of the significant commitments that come with Washington's new policies.
"We will need a large combat presence for many years to come, and we will probably need a large financial commitment longer than that," said Stephen Biddle, a senior fellow for defense policy at the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the "strategic assessment" team advising McChrystal.
This will be inflationary.
Team Obama is now trying to persuade the Congress and public on the merits of the following huge projects:
Cap and trade;
Health care (health insurance) "reform";
Limitless war in Afghanistan;
F-reform (F = financial or the F-word, take your pick);
Stimulating the economy.
Not to mention smaller bore stuff such as prosecuting CIA operatives for alleged criminal acts, doing away with Guantanamo, etc.
And then you recall that various "stimulus" projects are stalled because a buy-American provision in the "stimulus" bill means that a unique GE filter made in Canada cannot be purchased, and you understand that for any project, the devil truly is in the details.
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