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And What A Bargain It Is…

deep dark hole
We are pouring over $3 billion a month into the Afghanistan war.  Instead of anything resembling progress and moving closer to “victory” we are pouring that money down a deep dark hole.

CRS Calculates Cost of U.S. Troop Presence In Afghanistan

The United States spends about $3.6 billion a month in Afghanistan, according to data provided by the Congressional Research Service.

The average cost per month is calculated at an average 51,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, but that number likely will go higher with the 68,000 troops the Obama administration already is planning on having in that country, and could double if President Barack Obama backs a reported request from Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the commander in Afghanistan, to send as many as 40,000 more troops to the country.

The cost of sending one U.S. soldier in Afghanistan for one year is $1 million versus an estimated $12,000 for an Afghani soldier, according to Steve Daggett, a specialist with the Congressional Research Service. Those numbers fall within the calculations that the Obama administration has been using. The Obama administration is calculating $1 billion per 1,000 troops deployed to Afghanistan.

Quick!  More troops!  The UK Guardian is reporting:

United States To Send ‘Up To 45,000 More Troops To Afghanistan’

President Barack Obama’s administration is understood to have told the British government that it could announce, as early as next week, the substantial increase to its 65,000 troops already serving there.

The decision from Mr Obama comes after he considered a request from General Stanley McChrystal, the US commander in Afghanistan, to send tens of thousands of extra American troops to the country.

Now that would be an interesting way of capitalizing on the Nobel Peace Prize.  Fighting for peace.  It is a lot like screwing for chastity.  And it seems to be fairly expensive too.  We are no closer to “victory” in Afghanistan, nor can we define it.  Thankfully, we are told, we will “know it when we see it.”

-Sigh-

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