_ I read in the below New Yorker article (Spies vs. Generals in Afghanistan) that the US Government spends $10 billion per year in Afghanistan. This is surely a low figure, because the government always lies about the cost of war. Also, they do not mention how much disappears into the black hole of corruption, meaning that very little of that sum is spent effectively. But, that is not my point.
The US Government is spending money extorted by taxation on a needless and worthless war (not to mention the bigger waste in Iraq). At home, infrastructure has crumbled, services shriveled, and investment in a better future eliminated. No one can justify this, and I will not accept the usual crap about “national security”. It’s all about money.
I will not comment on the main thrust of the article. Such behavior is expected in military men, bureaucrats, politicians, and spies. It is no different from actions of men in similar roles during the Vietnam War. People are people, but such folks are even more so.
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Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.