The New York Times leads with an article on civilian casualties in Afghanistan today. They don’t provide an estimate of the civilian casualties, because right now accurate information is impossible to come by. I think the civilian casualties provide ironclad justification for spending as much as it takes to get Afghanistan back on its feet. If one, two, or ten years from now, Afghanistan is a miserable war zone just like it has been for the last 25 years, then all of those people died for nothing. I know that our objective in the war wasn’t to liberate the people of Afghanistan, but honestly, I think that we owe it to them, having killed hundreds if not thousands of innocent people in service to our goals.