A recent post, Bring The Economy Home, discussed the abysmal lack of loyalty the Afghanistan government had toward the U.S.
Hey, if the top general there made contemptuous comments about the civilian government in the U.S., why can't Afghan government officials?
Now that the top U.S. general there has been removed of his command, and another put in his place (who agreed to the President's plan to begin to draw down in a year) lets look at the economics.
The cost of 1 U.S. soldier for 1 year in Afghanistan is $1,000,000 according to an article in The Hill.
There are now about 100,000 soon to be 130,000 troops there, so that equates to 2,000,000 jobs paying $50,000 a year here at home (100,000 x $1,000,000 / $50,000).
There are more contractors there who cost more than a soldier, twice as much or so, but lets be conservative and show that those figures convert into 4,000,000 jobs paying $50,000 a year here at home (100,000 x $2,000,000 / $50,000).
Combined that equates to 6,000,000 jobs.
These are only very rough estimates and don't add up to the other figures the government gives us, so they are offered only as an example of errant spending, not exact economics.
Throw in Iraq and 1,000 military bases around the world, and it should become obvious that we should BRING THE ECONOMY HOME.
UPDATE: Read the continuation of this post here, where it is shown that billions of dollars of cash is being flown from Afghanistan to Dubai where corrupt Afghan officials are purchasing real estate with that stolen U.S. taxpayer money.