[Marxism] Price tags in the war on terror

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Nov 24 05:55:53 MST 2009

NY Times, November 15, 2009
High Costs Weigh on Troop Debate for Afghan War

While President Obama’s decision about sending more troops to 
Afghanistan is primarily a military one, it also has substantial budget 
implications that are adding pressure to limit the commitment, senior 
administration officials say.

The latest internal government estimates place the cost of adding 40,000 
American troops and sharply expanding the Afghan security forces, as 
favored by Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the top American and allied 
commander in Afghanistan, at $40 billion to $54 billion a year, the 
officials said.

Even if fewer troops are sent, or their mission is modified, the rough 
formula used by the White House, of about $1 million per soldier a year, 
appears almost constant.

full: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/15/us/politics/15cost.html


NY Times, November 24, 2009
Deal Ends Legal Fight Over London Police Killing

LONDON — Scotland Yard and the family of a Brazilian electrician shot 
dead by police officers who mistook him for a terrorist said Monday that 
they had agreed on a compensation deal after more than four years of 
wrangling and dispute.

While no amount was specified, a British newspaper, The Daily Mail, said 
the sum could be in the region of $165,000.

full: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/24/world/europe/24britain.html

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