The Costs of War

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New York Times: “High Costs Weigh on Troop Debate for Afghan War

The estimated $1 million a year it costs per soldier is higher than the $390,000 congressional researchers estimated in 2006.

A good short general treatment of the costs of “exporting democracy” is found in Chris Coyne’s After War: The Political Economy of Exporting Democracy. People who advocate a “Stay the Course” approach (or even expanding “nation building” exercises) should grapple with Coyne’s arguments and evidence.

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