Report: Afghanistan War Reaches $1 Trillion And Will Require Hundreds of Billions More

158px-flag_of_afghanistansvgPresident_Barack_ObamaDespite the public pledge of President Obama to pull out of Afghanistan, we continue to spend huge amounts of money in the war and the Obama Administration has fought to keep U.S. troops in the country. Now an estimate from the Financial Times and independent researchers put the cost of the war at roughly $1 trillion with a commitment of hundreds of billions more in the coming years. There continues to be no serious debate over our ongoing losses both in personnel and money in this war.

Science, educational, and infrastructure programs are being cut while the government pours billions into Iraq and Afghanistan. I have previously written about the waste of billions of dollars by the government without any significant discipline for government officials. We have become accustomed to reports of unimaginable corruption and waste in Afghanistan from bags of money delivered to officials to constructing huge buildings to be immediately torn down to buying aircraft that cannot be used. Much like our useless campaign against poppy production where we continued to spend billions because no one had the courage to end or change the program, the Afghan war just continues on a mix of weak military commitment by the Afghans and an even weaker political commitment at home to the American people.

It boggles the mind to think what we could have done in education or infrastructure or the environment with $1 trillion. My kids are in public school in McLean where the Fairfax board has ordered classed of between 32-35 kids because of the lack of funds for new teachers. However, the country just gushes hundreds of billions of dollars in Afghanistan without even a note of concern.

One of the most interesting facts is that 80 per cent of this spending on the Afghanistan conflict has taken place during the presidency of Barack Obama.


76 thoughts on “Report: Afghanistan War Reaches $1 Trillion And Will Require Hundreds of Billions More”

  1. Israel did 9/11
    Former Director of Studies U.S. Army War College Dr. Alan Sabrosky: Israel did 9/11
    The U.S. military knows Israel did 9/11. We must break the Jewish-Zionist hold on US political life

  2. Washington DC, a city that produces nothing but laws and regulations, taking our tax dollars, has become the wealthiest city in the US. When you consider the abject poverty in black neighborhoods that is mind boggling. We the people have a duty to take back our govt. A tax revolt would be the best way. A movement by employers to cease deducting taxes from paychecks would not take long to work.

  3. Patriot:

    RU a new troll sent here to dirty up JT’s excellent blog?
    Have the Democrat special ops been working overtime to reduce his credibility, because he is lead counsel in the anti-Obama lawsuit?
    Jeesh wattan idjot — you whine about jews because they have you so outclassed and jealous of their superiority, your only response is to throw sht at them like a monkey in a zoo.
    Take your anti-semitism elsewhere where it may have an audience of similar minded neanderthals.

  4. U.S. Government = Nazis
    The U.S. Government, Bush & Obama are Guilty of Torture, Mass Murder
    They have committed Vast War Crimes in Many Countries
    According to U.S. and International Law;
    All the U.S. Invasions are Wars of Aggression = War Crimes
    The U.S. Invasions are Supreme War Crimes as Hitler and the Nazis committed
    Washington, DC = Nazi Berlin
    U.S. Military = War Criminals
    Many Members of Congress have been voting to fund U.S. and Israeli War Crimes
    They can be indicted as War Criminals

  5. Reblogged this on This Got My Attention and commented:
    The waste is sickening. Why do the chickenhawks, Bush, Cheney, Obama, Biden, choose your chickenhawk, think war is always the answer to every conflict? Why can’t they see that the injustice and continuing colonialism in Palestine is the root cause of this Arab and Muslim revolt?

    1. mike That the Palestinian conflict is the root cause is absurd. Al Qeada did NOT do 9/11 because of that. Bin Laden could care less about Palestinians since he had no problems with taking US aid and money in Afghanistan. He also had NO problem until US troops landed in Saudi during the first Gulf war. You might also ask what the US did to Afghanistan that justified 9/11. We only helped them get rid of the Soviets, gave them millions of dollars. GET REAL.

  6. U.S. Government, Boehner, Obama, Reid are Nazis
    Traitors, War Criminals, Mass Murderers, Thieves
    ObamaCare includes: OBAMA’S PRIVATE ARMY to use AGAINST YOU!!!
    Boehner, Obama, Reid and Congress are Israeli / Zionist Warmonger Stooges
    “Jews and their swartza in the white house are pushing the country over the edge”

  7. Arrest the War Criminals in the U.S. Government
    The Israeli / Zionist Warmongers control America
    (“AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) exercises near total control over the electoral process in America through the ability to outspend any other group and destroy anyone who stands against them.”)
    The Israeli / Zionists Did 9/11 and are complicit in U.S. War Crimes

  8. It is is institutional madness. The immediate hysteria in cloistered circles of power ignores the bigger picture of a nation of productive people just wanting to use the money they earn for themselves and for our nation.
    Instead with their perverse emotional logic, they hemorrhage our nation’s life blood into overseas wars and adventures, just because they can.
    We spend 40% our of income funding all levels of government; as Prof Turley said, imagine what we could have done with all those resources if we only spent it on useful things that we actually could use and would directly benefit our lives.
    I believe this is how the Roman Empire fell, bankruptcy and loss of resources spent in foreign wars and affairs. Remember the future Chinese professor laughing at America and Americans, because they will own us:

  9. This should come as no surprise really. The redistribution of our nation’s wealth is not a popular thing to turn off.

  10. And congress has no role in this? Prof Turley says this is on the Obama watch but it is congress that pulls the purse strings. Maybe if it was more interested in the country then party and working for the lobbyists and corporations (both sides) they would rein in the spending and corruption etc (but then Halliburton et al needs their fix.)

  11. Dwight D. Eisenhower warned about the military industrial complex after World War Two and he was an expert on the topic unlike most presidents. There is a great documentary that came out in about 2005 titled “Why We Fight” – a must see film.

  12. Anybody in Berlin today? Anyone who will chime in on the blog here and relate the mood?

  13. Ya gotta be a soul man to live in this country and support the notion of having a never ending war in Afghanistan all because a group of Saudi perps could board a plane with box cutters and hi jack the planes. I got a new bumper sticker:

    Obama: Pull Out Now, Like Your Father Should Have.

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  15. Well, since Prof Turley continues to blast Obama for not prosecuting Cheney, Yoo, and past CIA directors, I would hope that he will take action. He can go to the International Criminal Court, and prefer charges against all of them. Of course, that might make him persona non grata in some circles, but at least, he will back up his words with real action against the war criminals.

  16. What is national security worth? We must be willing to pay any price: Trillions of dollars. Thousands of lives. Endless war. Zero privacy. Anal probes.

  17. We owe $18 trillion!!!

    Don’t the politicians ever think about the size of that number?

    Some day, when we have to face the reckoning, Bush 2, Obama, and th other spenders (Congress) will be nowhere to be found.

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