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Old Feb 17, 2010, 11:43 PM
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Cost of Afghanistan War? = $1,000,000 Per Soldier Per Year

Seems it is costing the US a cool million bucks per year for each Soldier deployed per year in Afghanistan.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/15/us...t.html?_r=1&hp


Wonder what each fighter costs the Taliban?
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Old Feb 17, 2010, 11:45 PM
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Seems it is costing the US a cool million bucks per year for each Soldier deployed per year in Afghanistan.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/15/us...t.html?_r=1&hp


Wonder what each fighter costs the Taliban?
72 virgins.
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Old Feb 17, 2010, 11:51 PM
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With the current level of taxation the Taliban gets from heroin production labs, each fighter probably brings in cash.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/a...urgency-heroin
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Old Feb 18, 2010, 12:19 AM
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72 virgins.
Then maybe we are getting the better deal.
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Old Feb 18, 2010, 12:20 AM
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With the current level of taxation the Taliban gets from heroin production labs, each fighter probably brings in cash.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/a...urgency-heroin
And if you think that will go away when the Taliban does I have a bridge to sell you.
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Old Feb 18, 2010, 12:21 AM
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And if you think that will go away when the Taliban does I have a bridge to sell you.
Why would anyone think that?
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Old Feb 18, 2010, 12:23 AM
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Why would anyone think that?
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Talks.
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Old Feb 18, 2010, 12:23 AM
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And if you think that will go away when the Taliban does I have a bridge to sell you.
Why would anyone think that? The only time opium production was drastically reduced was when they were in power.
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Old Feb 18, 2010, 12:24 AM
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With the current level of taxation the Taliban gets from heroin production labs, each fighter probably brings in cash.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/a...urgency-heroin
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And if you think that will go away when the Taliban does I have a bridge to sell you.
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Why would anyone think that?
So what's your point?
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Old Feb 18, 2010, 12:24 AM
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72 virgins.
72 dead virgins.
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Old Feb 18, 2010, 12:25 AM
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So what's your point?
That the Taliban are profiting from the war while we are paying through the nose. That was the point of the OP, wasn't it?
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Old Feb 18, 2010, 12:29 AM
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That the Taliban are profiting from the war while we are paying through the nose. That was the point of the OP, wasn't it?
Thats fine... are you pissed at BO?
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Old Feb 18, 2010, 12:32 AM
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Why would anyone think that? The only time opium production was drastically reduced was when they were in power.
They are businessmen and will have almost total control of the supply side. They will make ever effort to assure production and demand don't get out of sync and drive price below an acceptable level.
The country has only three major available exports:

Pretty rocks. (limited)
Mass casualty events (dangerous backlash)
Opium (very lucrative)

Unless they strike oil or build a Disney Land it looks like they will be exporting opium for quite some time.
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Old Feb 18, 2010, 12:33 AM
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Why would anyone think that? The only time opium production was drastically reduced was when they were in power.
Are you sure?

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/co...oin_for_wheat/

http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapc...rms/index.html
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Positive. Prices and production are down now because of earlier excessive production. Simple supply and demand. The only drastic reduction in production due to other than market forces was in 2000-2001, when the Taliban outlawed it's production.

http://www.swivel.com/charts/2567-Op...stan-1994-2008
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