October 23, 2015
From We Meant Well:
As Obama fails on another campaign promise, this one to end the war in Afghanistan, and as that war moves into its 15th year, it is important to remember the U.S. has spent around $110 billion (no one knows the exact amount due to poor record keeping) to “rebuild” that beleaguered nation, so far…
As for what the $110 billion of U.S. money could have purchased had it been spent to rebuild America, VICE notes it is enough to dig a new train tunnel under the Hudson River between New Jersey and Manhattan, lay a high-speed rail link from San Diego to Sacramento, reconstruct New Orleans’ levees after a storm like Hurricane Katrina, and still have around $10 billion left over to construct a few hundred schools from Chicago to Houston.
Posted by Jerome Doolittle at October 23, 2015 12:32 PM
The $110B could also have been dumped in small bills on Afghanistan out of crop-duster planes flying a coverage grid over the whole country and it would actually have done the people some good without killing a soul.
The computer I am writing from, my mothers, has been hopelessly corrupted by bad scripts. Bill Gates, where are you? Paul Revere is calling you but this time its by both land and sea. Hans Brinker can't hold his thumb in the dam forever.
James Fallows take notice.
Then consider, if only we hadn't invaded Iraq, what we could have done with three trillion dollars, which includes what we will have spent after taking care of all our wounded veterans.