1839-42: 16,000 British troops could not occupy Afghanistan. 2006: 5,000 troops for UK-led ARRC in Afghanistan. 80 Lessons: 1. There weren't enough troops to "police" Afghanistan during 1839-42. 2. There aren't enough now. Suggestion: How much does it cost to fight the "wars" on terror and drugs? A lot. Instead of sending troops and dropping expensive bombs, give the Afghans subsidies. The withdrawl of subsidies directly contributed to the First Afghan War and the introduction of subsidies could prevent a new insurrection. It might be worth considering the purchase of opium direct from the farmers. The opium could be converted into medicinal products or destroyed, and the cost would be far less than equipping and deploying military power and paying for the crime and health costs created by the activities of domestic junkies.