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Started by Jacob_Richter on Apr 30, 2021 1:08:13 PM
To date, the U.S. war in Afghanistan has cost $2.26 trillion and over 241,000 lives.
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bailliegillies - 30 Apr 2021 13:23:15 (#1 of 2413)

Once again Kipling's Arithmetic of the Frontier takes its toll and another empire exits the graveyard of empires.

except the mercenaries and drones are going to stay and continue the war out of sight of the media.

browserbutton - 30 Apr 2021 13:24:06 (#2 of 2413)

Best left well alone, the Afghans.

TauCeti - 30 Apr 2021 13:24:22 (#3 of 2413)

I read somewhere nobody has ever conquered Afghanistan, including Cyrus and Alex the Great; so no wonder.

Jacob_Richter - 30 Apr 2021 13:28:40 (#4 of 2413)

Ah,

These figures do not include deaths caused by disease, loss of access to food, water, infrastructure, and/or other indirect consequences of the war.

That would increase civilian deaths considerably if included.

thisonehasalittlehat - 30 Apr 2021 13:29:41 (#5 of 2413)

To date, the U.S. war in Afghanistan has cost $2.26

Yes but they would only have spent the money on burgers so.

TauCeti - 30 Apr 2021 13:32:21 (#6 of 2413)

Wasn't there a huge increase in opium production for several years in a row? since the invasion apparently; and what happened to the product?

bailliegillies - 30 Apr 2021 13:37:48 (#7 of 2413)

and what happened to the product?



It's got to be paid for some how.

TauCeti - 30 Apr 2021 13:49:53 (#8 of 2413)

Whisked out in ... bags? black bags? mh.

bailliegillies - 30 Apr 2021 13:58:09 (#9 of 2413)

Wonder if Air America is still operating?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_America_(airline
)#Drug_smuggling

TauCeti - 30 Apr 2021 14:38:47 (#10 of 2413)

Weirdly am reminded of a 'Mr Nice ' ....

GyratingTrampoline - 03 May 2021 22:53:03 (#11 of 2413)

I wonder what will happen next in Afghanistan. I think Baillie gillies has it right, the US goal will be to indefinitely postpone a fall-of-saigon style definitive humiliation and to this end the war will continue by other means

kvelertak - 03 May 2021 23:04:25 (#12 of 2413)

Russia will want to contain the spread of Talibanic or ISIS Islamism, to that end they may prefer to keep an arms-length posture and contribute to the sum total of mercenaries.

machiavelli - 15 May 2021 04:40:06 (#13 of 2413)

I read somewhere nobody has ever conquered Afghanistan, including Cyrus and Alex the Great;

The Mongols did but only by mass slaughter.

darkhorse - 15 May 2021 07:35:30 (#14 of 2413)

And Cyrus came in like a wrecking ball.

TauCeti - 15 May 2021 07:37:48 (#15 of 2413)

And left like a ricochet. Yes for the Mongols who also conquered China and India and the rest, lasted some 500 years and the interbreeding resulted in today's set up.

bossab2 - 10 Jul 2021 12:20:35 (#16 of 2413)

https://www.theonion.com/u-s-quietly-slips-out-of-afghanistan-in-dead-of-night-1819572778

Note the date on the article :-)

mingmong - 10 Jul 2021 12:42:12 (#17 of 2413)

Wasn't there a huge increase in opium production for several years in a row? since the invasion apparently; and what happened to the product

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jul/24/opioids-crisis-big-pharma-drugs-carnage

Tinymcsmithy - 10 Jul 2021 15:02:34 (#18 of 2413)

Still, mission accomplished.

What was the mission again?

kvelertak - 10 Jul 2021 15:18:29 (#19 of 2413)

Look big after 9/11.

bossab2 - 31 Jul 2021 14:17:52 (#20 of 2413)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-58040141

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