Nicholas Kistof had a great article recently in The New York Times about his suggestions for Afghanistan. He entitled the piece, "Need more schools, not troops in Afghanistan." He suggests instead of sending more troops into battle that we build more schools. He reports that the cost of a single additional soldier stationed in Afghanistan for one year could build 20 schools. He punctuates his case by talking about the schools that have already been built in that region and the changes they have brought. You might want to read the article for yourself. Makes sense to me.