Thomas Friedman goes all the way to Brazil to ask the question: what would the cost of an American soldier in Afghanistan for a year buy you? That’s $1,000,000.
He asked the question to Antonio Waldez Goes da Silva, the governor of the Amazonian capital of Amapa.
But he could have stayed home and asked the same question to the governors of US states.
The answers would be fairly predictable: jobs, infrastructure, health care, education.
That seems to be the great trade-off with the Wars For No Reason. Things don’t tend to get done at home.