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‘Money Is The New 800 Pound Gorilla’

The Washington Post reports today that the cost of the war in Afghanistan will be a major factor in whether U.S. troops will stay in Afghanistan. Laura Rozen points to an Obama administration official’s statement on the matter: “Money is the new 800-pound gorilla. … It shifts the debate from ‘Is the strategy working?’ to ‘Can we afford this?’” On this point, it’s important to note that Americans should anticipate “these costs continuing ad infinitum into the future.” But over at Democracy Arsenal, Michael Cohen argues that the debate should stay focused on whether the strategy is working.

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