War Is Hell — Even for the US Economy

Yesterday, President Trump announced the United States will significantly increase its military presence in Afghanistan, with some estimating an additional 4,000 troops could be joining the 8,400 already on the ground. Without even a conversational understanding of the current status of the war or our policy objectives, I do not wish to criticize the consensus opinion of America’s brightest military minds that a troop surge is needed. There is no question that those who arrived at this decision are deeply aware of the enormous sacrifice that comes with sending more of America’s promising youth to fight overseas, and did not