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Kabul gets its own stimulus package

Posted by The Agonist on November 19th, 2010

From our partners at The Agonist

Tom Engelhardt | Nov 18

Asia Times – While Americans bemoan unemployment and argue over economic stimulus measures, in Afghanistan, Washington remains a profligate spender, lavishing many millions of dollars on a massive extension of the US Embassy. Barely describable as an “embassy” in the traditional sense, this vast, over-equipped complex is clearly an outpost for a long-term war.

Jo Comerford and the number-crunchers at the National Priorities Project have offered TomDispatch a hand in putting that $790 million outlay into an American context: “$790 million is more than 10 times the money the federal government allotted for the State Energy Program in FY2011. It’s nearly five times the total amount allocated for the National Endowment for the Arts (threatened to be completely eliminated by the incoming congress). If that sum were applied instead to job creation in the United States, in new hires it would yield more than 22,000 teachers, 15,000 healthcare workers, and employ more than 13,000 in the burgeoning clean energy industry.”

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