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Will the War in Afghanistan Help Me Get a Job?
Posted by robertgreenwald on April 15th, 2009

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We bring you Cost of War, part three of our Rethink Afghanistan documentary, which delves into the financial costs of this broadening war.

As we pay our tax bills, it seems an appropriate time to urge everyone to Rethink Afghanistan, a war that currently costs over $2 billion a month but hasn’t made us any safer. Everyone has a friend or relative who just lost a job. Do we really want to spend over $1 trillion on another war? Everyone knows someone who has lost their home. Do we really want spend our tax dollars on a war that could last a decade or more? The Obama administration has taken some smart steps to counter this economic crisis with its budget request. Do we really want to see that effort wasted by expanding military demands?

Watch Pulitzer Prize-winning authors and journalists, military and foreign policy experts, leading economists, and many more explain just how much the war in Afghanistan will cost us over how many years. View both the trailer and full segment of Cost of War, part three of the Rethink Afghanistan documentary.

Last week, we delivered a petition to Sen. John Kerry and Rep. Howard Berman, demanding oversight hearings. These hearings could raise the critical questions about costs and many other issues. Now, we want to know what questions you would ask in such hearings. Would you want to know how exactly the war is weakening the U.S. economy? What about whether more troops can solve Afghanistan’s problems or the escalating instability in Pakistan, subjects explored in parts one and two of this documentary?

  1. Record your questions on your webcam and send them to us! Simple instructions for doing this can be found here. It’s easy!
  2. Post your video to our Facebook page! Go to our Facebook page, click in the “Write something” box, and then click the video link.
  3. Vote on the written questions you think are the most critical for oversight hearings and submit your own.

We must urge Congress to raise key questions about this war at once. As FireDogLake blogger Siun recently wrote, “Once again we are planning a surge with no exit plan and a continued lack of concern for the most basic protection of the civilians in the land we claim to liberate.”

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  1. Kulu Sadira says:

    Not a single commentator in this film offered any alternatives or solutions to dealing with the growing Taliban reemergence in Afghanistan.

    Most progressives seem to believe that by simply improving the daily lives of Afghanis, the radical Islamist threat will simply evaporate. This view has some partial merit but is dangerously partial. Centuries of feudalist / warlord / fundamentalist mentality will require some serious and novel thinking on the part of policy makers.

    Hopefully Obama and others are up to the task of developing and integrative approach that combines the insights of cultural developmentalists and psychologists as wall as savvy diplomats and skilled war planners.

  2. Julia Simmons says:

    These websites about Afghanistan and also job offers I have read about in Afghanistan show one thing: it is Americans that need the education much more than Afghanis. As somebody who has lived there and speaks the languages, most of these comments show a very self=serving ignorant viewpoint of other cultures, religions and people. Do you really think they are dolls you can dress up in “democracy clothes”. Are you forgetting the slavery, native people genocide and racism of America since the beginning? The civil wars and civil unrest. Why are you people thinking y0ou can solve the drug problems of Afghanistan when you can't solve the drug problems here? Afghanis accuse Americans of using crack and bringing crack and cocaine into afghanistan. I hope somebody gets an education some day about other people and other cultures.

  3. Julia Simmons says:

    These websites about Afghanistan and also job offers I have read about in Afghanistan show one thing: it is Americans that need the education much more than Afghanis. As somebody who has lived there and speaks the languages, most of these comments show a very self=serving ignorant viewpoint of other cultures, religions and people. Do you really think they are dolls you can dress up in “democracy clothes”. Are you forgetting the slavery, native people genocide and racism of America since the beginning? The civil wars and civil unrest. Why are you people thinking y0ou can solve the drug problems of Afghanistan when you can't solve the drug problems here? Afghanis accuse Americans of using crack and bringing crack and cocaine into afghanistan. I hope somebody gets an education some day about other people and other cultures.

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