As we begin our deployment of 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan, this Christmas Eve will also mark the 3,000th day of the war in Afghanistan and the 30th anniversary of the initial Russian invasion of Afghanistan in 1979. Thus far, this war has already cost the American taxpayer a minimum of $300,000,000,000 according to the Congressional Research Service (and that's just the funding that's "on budget").That's a lot of 3s. Now we need 3 Wise human beings to make the US understand that Afghanistan is not "winnable." The US can't even wage a war on drugs there successfully, let alone a war for what? Democracy? Christianity? Who can even say what the goal is. Because there is no victory in Afghanistan. Only defeat. And as difficult as the collapse of the American Empire will be, as it sinks under the weight of costs of this war, losing the Queen will be like losing our belief in Santa. We'll just never be able to get that warm and fuzzy feeling of seeing her wave and wish us a Merry Christmas again.