HOW TO REDUCE MILITARY CASUALTIES IN THE MIDDLE EAST (since the repubs want to cut long-term
medical cost for heroes (like in their voting down 911 benefits for the heroes of the World Trade
Center....) ...let's BRING OUR TROOPS HOME THEN ... AND SIMULTANEOUSLY SAVE ABOUT "FIFTY
BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR,"  - that could be USED to PAY DOWN SOME OF OUR DEFICIT SPENDING!!!

it's all ABOUT MONEY...the real big blanket issue is DEFICIT SPENDING!

Now, here's how to take a big chunk out of that - like 150million A DAY...actually more...I'm estimating
conservatively...HERE'S HOW!!!

1. the population of Afghanistan is UNDER 30 million.

2. the per capita income is about 600 dollars a year...so it's one of the poorest countries in the world.

3. ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS:

a. give each single citizen of Afghanistan about 5 dollars A DAY. (about 3 times the per-capita
average)

b. with dependents...a graduated scale up to 10 dollars a day.

c. THIS AMOUNTS TO LESS THAN A HUNDRED MILLION A DAY... and since I heard on potus - stand up
with pete dominick on xm radio - that the war actually costs about 326 million A DAY...THATS A
SAVINGS OF ABOUT 200 MILLION A DAY... over time, this could just about offset the entire tax cut that
most Republicans just voted in for their buddies in the wealthy sector.

Now, you ALSO LARGELY GET RID OF THE TALIBAN (which our military hasn't been successful in doing
USING BULLETS/MISSILES, ETC. ... because who is gonna run around in the desert hiding in caves,
when THEY COULD be BECOMING "CAPITALISTS" with 3times their normal income... you'd have a
"mass defection of Taliban supporters...they'd be too busy PICKING UP THEIR PAYCK...MAKING
BABIES...so they can get a bigger payck... and starting SOME KIND OF BUSINESS... they'll probably
EVEN BUY SOME OF OUR EXPORTS....

HOW YOU DO THIS: you issue the money to the individuals by thumbprint... kind of like us SETTING UP
LOCAL UNEMPLOYMENT OFFICES ...thereby essentially keeping tabs and controlling the population...
and where they are... THEY CAN'T BE FIGHTING OFF WITH SOME REBEL GROUP AND COLLECTING this
money ... they have to be in the towns/cities (and not out hiding in the caves/desert/mountains, etc....

this HAS ALWAYS BEEN ABOUT MONEY... we don't give them money... we chase them with
bullets...why...so our domestic arms mfrs can make BIG PROFITS...

JUST GIVE THE AFGHAN PEOPLE A BIT OF MONEY... cost us far less... and they will give up the Taliban
WHO DOESN'T PAY THEM ...JUST FEEDS THEM...

OUTBID THE TALIBAN WITH U.S. BUCKS...

IT'S ACTUALLY THAT SIMPLE...

and 200million a day saved IS MORE THAN 50 BILLION A YEAR... PLUS ALL THOSE U.S. SOLDIERS LIVES
SAVED...plus you greatly ERODE THE TALIBAN, TERRORISM, ETC.

just give 'em some bucks to keep them OUT OF OUR HAIR!

JUST GIVE THEM SOMETHING... and NOT A BULLET!!!

...AND YOU START A "MORE VIBRANT ECONOMY" IN THE REGION...and UNCLE SAM IS GIVING THEM A
PAYCK... so you create some good feelings, etc.

(this is a bit oversimplified... like not everyone (like those already highly successul get the money,
etc... but I'm sure the administrative costs would be far less than the cost of the military
infrastructure we have there, etc.

SO WE SAVE 50 BILLION, DO GOODWILL, BREAK THE BACK OF THE TALIBAN, AND START A VIBRANT
ECONOMY IN ONE OF THE POOREST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD...(too bad our leaders don't "think out
of the box" ....the greedy military/industrial complex box... but guess what, THEY KNOW THIS... this
method just doesn't CHANNEL MONEY TO their "arms-supplier" buddies who contribute to their
campaigns...etc. (I could go on and on....)

LET'S TRY "THE CARROT - INSTEAD OF THE STICK!"  ... be a lot cheaper!

flashrob

SOME REFERENCE LINKS BELOW FOR MY COSTING, ETC.

Cost of the war in the Middle East

per capita income by country... divide the gross national product by the number of citizens in the
country
how to get out of Afghanistan, knock the
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a followup comment on Afghanistan that was originally posted on Reddit....

let's remember it's the TALIBAN we're supposedly fighting in Afghanistan... if you remember it was "al
qaeda" who our government was targeting for the the World Trade Center. So, why and how DID IT
SWITCH to a pursuit of the TALIBAN.

on a practical level... we're spending trillions of dollars there... when terrorists are BASED AND
OPERATING in OTHER COUNTRIES formulating their plans... We're wasting huge amounts of money
chasing a few thousand people around in a vast wasteland, AND MOST OF THEM have never been
out of that vast wasteland. The real terrorists are highly mobile, using computers, cellphones, THEY
ARE NOT EVEN IN AFGHANISTAN, or Iraq (they are probably in places like Paris or Cairo... they're not
stupid... get it... but we must be STUPID because we buy our government and media spin of "WHY WE
NEED TO BE CONDUCTING THIS KIND OF WAR."

the METHODOLOGY were using in Afghanistan DOESN'T STIFLE TERRORISM... IT MERELY FILLS THE
COFFERS OF WEAPONS MANUFACTURERS and their supporters in Congress (who get nice campaign
donations for their party to CONTINUE THIS SCAM!)

a real solution WOULD INVOLVE most spending going to ERODING THE SUPPORT given by POOR
MUSLIMS to these (problem for us) organizations.

our policies RESULT IN A "LONG DRAWN-OUT MUDDLED CONFLICT" that HUGELY PROFITS ARMS
MFRS. It does not ADDRESS THE PROBLEM OF TERRORISM... which is usually DISGRUNTLED GROUPS
who AREN'T GETTING A "SLICE OF THE WESTERN ECONOMIC PIE." We only go in there and try to
EXTERMINATE THEM WITH WEAPONS... a bullet in the head is cheap... cutting them in on the profits
long-term is far more expensive.

Ever "tip someone" and notice the response you get" ... try pulling a "weapon on someone" and
threatening them to DO SOMETHING YOU WANT DONE ...OR ELSE! ...they may do it... but don't turn
your back on them.... and AVOID THEM IN THE FUTURE....

so in light of the above analogy, what kind of response do you think you might get, if you employ the
"carrot instead of the stick?"  So, why aren't we trying that?

Our government is DOING EXACTLY THE WRONG THING... USING THE WRONG APPROACH... and that's
why we're still there and can't get the situation cleared up. We are GIVING many of the citizens of
Afghanistan NO REAL INCENTIVE TO CHANGE... just "get out of our way (the stance of the wealthy and
powerful interests who secretly set the agenda) or WE'LL EXTERMINATE YOU...

so, the TALIBAN figure - under that kind of threat - that THEY HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE... and they will
FIGHT YOU TO THEIR DEATH - OR YOURS (but the greedy people at the top, and behind this WON'T
BE AT RISK... THEY WOULDN'T BE CAUGHT DEAD IN A WARZONE ON THE GROUND... because they CAN
GET YOU TO BE THEIR PAWN....) and they KNOW IT...

THE POWER PEOPLE AT THE TOP who are behind this ...want money and control... and being greedy,
they want to keep as much of the profit as then can.... AND YOU IF YOU DON'T REALIZE IT... YOU ARE
EXPENDABLE... just like many of your average fellow citizens (who die or get wounded over there) -
who believe the propaganda that trickles down "TO AND THROUGH" our leaders from the really
powerful people behind the scenes, who "pull the strings" of our leaders with threats and bribes.

...time for you to WAKE-UP!

...you don't live in a perfect world... BUT YOU SHOULD DEMAND OF OUR LEADERS... solutions and
methods THAT HAVE SOME CHANCE OF WORKING.

MY SUGGESTION WILL WORK ...just like in my "tipping analogy."
... make no mistake... THAT I THINK THE GUY I WHIP THE 20 DOLLAR BILL ON... LOVES ME OR THAT I
CAN TRUST HIM....

BUT "MONEY TALKS" and "will get the job done" ...it's THAT SIMPLE.

flashrob
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A DIFFERENT STRATEGY FOR AFGHANISTAN

1. First of all, I believe their is a POWER STRUCTURE that manipulates MOST MEDIA VENUES,
and keeps most of the "dumbed down public" OFF THE REAL ISSUES AND "most importantly"
THE WAY THESE PEOPLE AT THE TOP of the HALLS OF POWER really OPERATE. (the biz lobbying
to Congress is an example of something most people ACCEPT... along with passively absorbing
"a hefty dose of "products/services commercials on TV."

2. You could describe this as: Corporate America, the Military Industrial Complex, etc. I think
the "bottom line" for them is PROFIT, regardless of WHO (mostly us uninformed "grunts," pays
for it....).

NOW HERE'S MY "thinking out of the box" STRATEGY FOR AFGHANISTAN...

1. Afghanistan is largely "open terrain" with a lot of desert. Now, that means that - UNLIKE THE
VIETNAM JUNGLES - it is relatively easy to MONITOR "enemy personnel and weapons
movement." Satellite surveillance, infrared at night, etc., give us the capability to FAIRLY
EASILY detect ANY MASS MOVEMENT OF TROOPS OR WEAPONS.

2. So, why then are we CHASING the enemy ALL OVER THE COUNTRY, destroying cave bases or
trying to discover them - and THEN THEY SUDDENLY hide their weapons and become "local
villagers." Were just "spreading ourselves thin" playing "hide and seek" with the enemy.

3. The SIMPLE ANSWER IS: this is a GREAT WASTE OF: time, manpower, equipment and MONEY
(money that could be better spent on "health care," building domestic things like "wind/wave
power," etc.

4. Consider if we just:

a. Established a line of encampments on the Pakistan border... AND WAIT FOR THEM...

b. If we detect (by satellite any MASS MOVEMENT... we TAKE IT OUT WITH MISSLES, BOMBING in
"open terrain" thereby NOT HAVING CIVILIAN CASUALTIES.

c. Our troops are basically SET UP with corresponding AIR POWER (missiles, jets, bombing, etc.)
TO TAKE OUT ANY MOVEMENT TOWARD Pakistan.

d. This reduces the risk to OUR TROOPS (not chasing around in caves, and spread out thinly all
over Afghanistan). Just sitting - LIKE IN A MEDIEVAL FORTRESS - waiting for them TO COME TO
US!

e. Virtually eliminates CIVILIAN CASUALTIES and the corresponding "political and media hoopla"
about that.

f. Greatly REDUCES THE COST OF OUR PRESENCE THERE, in terms of PERSONNEL, supplies,
MONEY, etc.

g. Prevents them from TAKING OVER PAKISTAN and their NUCLEAR CAPABILITY....

We, could probably CONCENTRATE OUR FORCES/PRESENCE in Afghanistan to a "small fraction"
of what we are currently deploying there... AND FAR MORE EFFECTIVLY... we just WAIT FOR
THEM TO TRY TO MOVE into Pakistan in MASS... and THEN WIPE THEM OUT...

1. greatly reducing our casualties.
2. virtually eliminating civilian casualties.
3. reducing the number of troops we need there.
4. reducing the AMOUNT OF WEAPONS WE NEED...

(ask yourself WHY ARE WE CHASING SMALL GROUPS ALL OVER AFGHANISTAN, AND SPREADING
OURSELVES THIN -THE ANSWER TO THAT IN A MOMENT.)

NOW OUR GOVERNMENT and the people I alluded to IN THE HALLS OF POWER ARE NOT
STUPID...they are very SMART.

What they are doing:

a. keeping the AMERICAN PUBLIC off the real issue: MAKING HUGE PROFITS IN SUPPLYING
EQUIPMENT to conduct a "steady state" (the objective is to NOT END THE WAR but LET IT DRAG
ON...so THEY CAN CONTINUE MAKING MONEY ON "ARMS/OTHER SUPPLIES" NEEDED TO
CONDUCT A VAST AND SEEMINGLY ENDLESS MILITARY ESCAPADE.

b. debating about "withdrawal timetables" is DISSEMBLING on their part... to keep their REAL
MOTIVATION from BEING DISCUSSED!!!

c. it's about MONEY and HOW MUCH THEY CAN "KEEP MAKING" by this war dragging on.

.........................
Here's a simple point:

It widely circulated in the media that it costs about 1 MILLION dollars per U.S. soldier, per year
in Afghanistan...

a. How much would it cost to PAY EACH OF THE TALIBAN INSURGENTS $5. A DAY. for a year.

b. Limited U.S. FORCES... just a few banks... AND GUESS WHAT... do you really think THE
MAJORITY OF THOSE INSURGENTS would stay HOLED UP IN CAVES or villages WHEN THEY
COULD GO TO THEIR LOCAL BANK AND PICK UP THEIR "5 BUCK PER DIEM." Would you think
THAT BANK, that source of their NEW FOUND EASY MONEY would be a "target of a bomb." I
DON'T THINK SO....

So, get the picture I'M ROUGHLY PRESENTING here... all this BS about HOW OUR GOVERNMENT
IS CONDUCTING THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN has only ONE REAL MOTIVE... how MUCH these
ARMS DEALERS AND SUPPLIERS can MAKE IN THIS WAR!  And it's easy:  just give the American
Public a "good show:"  lot of "back and forth" meetings, with Congress - NOTICE HOW NOTHING
SIGNIFICANT COMES OF THAT MOST OF THE TIME... well, that's because of "Lobbyists."  

It's ALL JUST MOSTLY:  A BIG SCHEME for the "rich, powerful, and the political servants of
these people" TO MAKE VAST SUMS OF MONEY... Of course, what's a few thousand "grunts" in
body-bags, or permanently disabled citizens, in comparison TO THE BIG BUCKS THESE kind of
people CAN MAKE...

I don't want to take more of your time... and I can't cover all the issues at this time, BUT I
COULD...it just is a matter of "following the money" (whose profiting, etc.)

I would suggest that you get a few EX-MILITARY sympathetic strategists types TO DISCUSS
some of the things I have suggested.

flashrob

Ps. One of the REAL REASONS WERE CHASING THE TALIBAN AROUND IN CENTRAL/NORTHERN
AFGHANISTAN... is because BIG ENERGY INTERESTS want to build a "gas pipeline" across
Northern Afghanistan from the "STANS" and bypass Iran, Iraq, etc...AND THEY DON'T WANT TO
HAVE to CUT IN (make payments to the Afghan people... Taliban mostly). They use "phony
terrorism" to get the American People to support their endeavor TO ELIMINATE those people,
WHO THEY WOULD HAVE TO LET HAVE SOME CONTROL OF THE PIPELINE... AND GET A BIG PIECE
OF THEIR "GREEDY ENERGY WEALTH PROFITS." And they DON'T WANT TO GIVE THE AFGHANS A
"CUT!" SO... WIPE THEM OUT INSTEAD is what they are doing... see how it REALLY WORKS AND,
THE TYPE OF THING REALLY GOING ON...

we need to REVAMP OUR COUNTRY ... get the garbage out of CONGRESS AND WALL ST...