Scott Adams of the Dilbert Blog (and the comic) always has interesting and though-provoking posts on all things from politics to religion (oh – they are the same thing now? When did that happen?)
Today Scott talks about the Economics of War. Interesting read, and it got me thinking about the economics of our current war – and how we can get the best return on an already significant investment.
From what I understand, a lot of the “evil-doers” are foreigners (the rare Rogue American trouper, Syrians, Saudis, Jordanians, Iranians, etc). So let’s stop them from coming in. Let’s pull all of our troupes out of Iraqi cities (except border cities and International Airports/Seaports). Let’s protect two things – Iraqi borders and Iraqi Sea/Airspace.
Let’s keep the bad guys out while Iraq figures out if they actually want to become a civilized nation or a religious militia. Let’s tell them something like, “OK, we’ll give you two years while we protect entry to your country. You are responsible for everything else. Grow up”.
I dunno if it would work – but would it work any worse than what is happening now?
Or we just take all of the people we trust to be decent and temporarily move them out of Iraq. Then flatten what (and who) is left. Repatriating and rebuilding would almost certainly be cheaper than what we are spending now.
And don’t get me wrong – I think getting rid of Saddam was the right thing for us to do. I just think a good sniper could have accomplished the task.