Amy Goodman just penned what I think is an excellent editorial criticizing the latest effort to appropriate billions of dollars for the War in Afghanistan and pointing out the poor values involved in prioritizing the war over the needs of people victimized by the economic catastrophe here at home.
You can (and should) read the editorial here.
To date the Afghanistan War has cost countless human lives, including the lives of 1,072 American soldiers. We've already spent over $281 billion, with no end in sight. Recent would-be Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad cited America's wars and interventions as his motivation for the attempted attack, suggesting that we are in a cycle of violence, which violence will never solve.
When you're done reading, I urge you to write your Senators and President Obama.
What's the connection to urban planning? War makes us too poor to fund transit, bike-friendly streets, and redevelopment for walkable neighborhoods, among other things.