Watching the Senate hearings on the Afghan ramp-up (watching in the tavern while I do some cleaning).....Trying to listen to reaction....
The central question is what happens in July 2011 when the draw-down of troops is due to begin and Afghan forces take over the security of what is not now a country as we know it.
The shorter term questions are, should we do it ?....and how do we pay for it ? Current estimates are that it will cost one million dollars per soldier per year to keep troops there. That means the City budget could maintain a company of troops for less than six months.
Among those in Congress opposing the escalation are Senators Spector and Boxer who argue the Afghan move is not in the nation's interest.
Among those endorseing the President's action ironically is Senator McCain and his former running mate, Sarah Palin.
Strange bedfellows indeed.