How to Leave Afghanistan?

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Fred Kaplan, Slate "War Stories" columnist and a Schwartz Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, talks about the debate over how to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, the wars there and in Iraq, and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates' farewell tour.


Fred Kaplan

Comments [9]

Alternative Energy R&D =4 weeks in Afghanistan

The DOE has a budget of approximately
$ 8 Billion for alternative energy R&D ?

This is about 4 weeks in Afghanistan.

Which is more likely to ensure our long
term economic and military security ?

Jun. 08 2011 01:51 PM
W.H.O. Budget= 2.5 weeks in Afghanistan

The 2010-2011 program budget for the
entire World Health Organization was 4.54
billion. This is about 2.5 weeks in Afghanistan ?

Which will do more to help the poor and suffering in the world ?

Which will save more children from needless death ?

Jun. 08 2011 01:39 PM
Alzheimer's Disease Research=2 days in Afghanistan

5.1 million Americans currently have
Alzheimer’s disease.

In 2010,
Alzheimer’s disease care costs were estimated at $172 billion.

The federal investment at the
NIH in Alzheimer’s disease research in 2010 was less than $500 million.

This is equal to 2 DAYS in Afghanistan.

Which will save more AMERICAN LIVES ?

Jun. 08 2011 01:22 PM
DARPA Budget = 10 days in Afghanistan

DARPA's 2011 budget request is 3 billion.

This is equal to 10 days in Afghanistan.

Which will do more to improve America's Prosperity and Defense ?

Recall, DARPA - brought you - among other things - the Internet.

Jun. 08 2011 01:13 PM
Head Start 2011 Budget = 1 month in Afghanistan from somewhere sane.

The full budget request for Head Start in fiscal year 2011 is about $8.2 billion.

This is less than the cost of 1 month in

Which will do more FOR AMERICA ?

Jun. 08 2011 01:07 PM

so we leave now, when will we be back?

Jun. 08 2011 10:27 AM
RJ from Prospect Hts

What About the Military Contractors???????

Jun. 08 2011 10:26 AM

We need to get out of all these countries. Our own house is falling apart and we need to concentrate on that.

Osama Bin Laden is dead--wasn't that the goal? Goal accomplished. We need that money here.

Jun. 08 2011 10:25 AM

This is bald-faced propaganda, of which Fred Kaplan has a long, long history.

Not a trace of proof is being offered for these preposterous, nor is any credential required of Mr. Kaplan.

Has he served in the military and is therefore an expert on military affairs? Does he read or speak the language of the concerned regions? Has he spent time on the ground there?

This is shameless.

Jun. 08 2011 10:18 AM

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