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Feb 17, 2010, 10:43 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?
Feb 17, 2010, 10:45 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.
Feb 17, 2010, 10:51 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
Feb 17, 2010, 11:19 PM
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72 virgins.
Then maybe we are getting the better deal.
Feb 17, 2010, 11:20 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
And if you think that will go away when the Taliban does I have a bridge to sell you.
Feb 17, 2010, 11:21 PM
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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?
Feb 17, 2010, 11:23 PM
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Why would anyone think that?
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Talks.
Feb 17, 2010, 11:23 PM
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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.
Feb 17, 2010, 11:24 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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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?
Feb 17, 2010, 11:24 PM
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72 virgins.
72 dead virgins.
Feb 17, 2010, 11:25 PM
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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?
Feb 17, 2010, 11:29 PM
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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?
Feb 17, 2010, 11:32 PM
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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.
Feb 17, 2010, 11:33 PM
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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
Feb 17, 2010, 11:47 PM
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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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