Thirty Billion Dollars MORE on an Eight Year War.
30,000 more troops to go to Afghanistan in President Obama’s
Surge and run. Or did he call it spend and split in eighteen months?
Does President Hamid Karzai think that we can stop the Taliban from taking over the country?
I have an alternative to your plan and it is cheaper, less in
American lives and is a permanent change to the region.
Instead of sending troops who will bomb mame and kill our mission is to take remove and adopt every seven to eleven year old boy who is poor and possibly with only one parent. IF we have to we will pay the family $5000. cash for the boy.
We are going to send them to school in United States, England and any European country that wants to continue to be our ally. The adopted boys will be legal citizens who live with a family in their adopted country. The boys will be guaranteed a college education or trade school in exchange for attending school and having a C average.
Cost of the education per child $120000. Host family will have a tax benefit of $ $ 20000. annual as if it was an additional mortgage interest deduction. Total cost per child estimated $ 200,000.
The population count of nomads, refugees, and uprooted people in country could be between 10 and 13 million. Life expectancy in Afghanistan is around 46 years old. There could be less than 500,000 boys of this age range and 250000 may be orphans or separated from their family. These are the boys the Taliban targets to bring from cities such as Kabul, Ghazni, Jalalabad, and Mazar-e Sharif. My plan is to remove the boys from harm’s way. The boys will be educated, have job skills and when they have completed college or trade school they are able to return to their country with something positive to contribute rather than hate and extremism.
Crazy? Organizations such as the Catholic Vincenzian Brothers do “adopt” boys for a cost of about $19000 per child. They can not offer the resources that I am suggesting, but imagine for a moment that the Taliban has no recruits. Imagine that a wave of permanent change could be made by reducing the number of terrorists and giving the people of these rural communities who have no alternative but fear and they could say no to terrorism.