03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Nicholas Kristof: More Schools, Not Troops in Afghanistan

Dispatching more troops to Afghanistan would be a monumental bet and probably a bad one, most likely a waste of lives and resources that might simply empower the Taliban. In particular, one of the most compelling arguments against more troops rests on this stunning trade-off: For the cost of a single additional soldier stationed in Afghanistan for one year, we could build roughly 20 schools there.

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