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GUEST,Tony BS: Afghanistan (149* d) RE: BS: Afghanistan 21 Sep 12

Lighter, I meant "pocket change" in relation to the US federal budget. A tiny fraction of a percent. The voters have no idea even where major chunks of it go.

For the rest, you argued against silly things that I didn't say. I said there was good reason for the US government to think that Afghanistan would fall under their influence if they helped push the Soviets out, and that promoting Muslim fundamentalism would help that along by purging the old socialist ideas. That all happened to a great extent, especially the latter part. I didn't say the obvious, which is that it didn't work out exactly as they had hoped, and so they had to take a more direct approach. And now there's some question as to whether that's working out as well as intended.

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