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Afghanistan, the Graveyard of Yet Another Empire?
by Gil Villagrán, MSW
President Obama announced he would send 30,000 additional American soldiers to Afghanistan in the next year, bringing our troop commitment to 100,000. A recent report places a cost of $1million per U.S. soldier per year in a battlefield. With 100,000 soldiers expected to be in Afghanistan my mid 2010, it will cost a staggering 100 billion dollars each year! Great empires have dissipated themselves into decay by military over-spending. Is this the destiny of our nation?

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