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Open thread for night owls: The $5 trillion wars

Linda J. Bilmes  is a former Assistant Secretary of Commerce, and co-author (with Joseph Stiglitz) of The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict. At the Boston Globe, she writes—The $5 Trillion Wars: This October marks 15 years since American troops entered Afghanistan. It was a precursor to the occupation of Iraq and is the longest military conflict in US history.
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