We are spending ten or hundreds of billions of dollars every year to occupy a country with a gdp of $12 billion, a country whose insurgency is fueled largely by the absence of jobs or other ways to make a living. Why not just hire every Afghan who wants a job and put them to work building schools, building roads, defending their towns against the Taliban, etc? It's got to be cheaper than our present strategy, and far fewer American soldiers need to be put at risk.
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