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It's not about containing terrorism or winning wars; it's about money

Reader comment on item: Wasting U.S. Taxpayer Money in Afghanistan

Submitted by Maureen Cote (United States), Feb 8, 2010 at 10:35

The war makes a lot of US defense contractors very rich and allows the US Military to stay abreast of its game. The overseas wars are self-perpetuating, money-making machines. US soldiers kill Afghanis, which enrages the Afghanis, which engenders more attacks on US soldiers and requires new weapons, which enriches weapons manufacturers. The Pentagon gets new weapons to test. Defense contractors get rich. As for the rest of us: US soldiers get to die; US taxpayers are robbed; Afghans die. But who cares as long as Unocal gets its pipeline.

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