Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Time to GO

Let's think about what this means for a moment: According to the U.S. Congressional Research Service, the cost of keeping a single American soldier in Afghanistan is $1.3 million per year. According to Greg Jaffe and Karen DeYoung of the Washington Post, it costs the Pentagon about $1 billion per year to station 1,000 U.S. troops in that country. It's fair to assume that this estimate doesn't include, among other things, long-term care for wounded soldiers or the cost of replacing destroyed or overused equipment. Nor do these figures include any civilian funds being spent on the war effort via the State Department, nor undoubtedly the funds being spent by the Pentagon to upgrade bases and facilities throughout the country. In other words, just about any decision by the president, including one simply focused on training Afghan soldiers and police, will involve an outlay of further multi-billions of dollars. Whatever choice the president makes, the U.S. will bleed money.
(my ems)From Tomgram

This is worse than a Quagmire, the levies are about to break and dump more and more human assets into the place just when we should be folding our hand and going on home.


Blogger oldwhitelady said...

Good golly, that's a lot of money to just keep one person there. Hopefully, the pres will start taking steps to remove the military from places like that. Why not start saving some tax dollars? Sure, another administration put the people there, but it's time they come home.

8:46 AM, November 07, 2009  

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