The Afghan war is brutal, expensive, unpopular, and ineffective – so why are we spending billions on it?

Sonali Kolhatkar writes:

While millions of Americans are experiencing unemployment, wage stagnation, rising tuition, dwindling social services, and poverty at levels not seen since the Great Depression, an unjustifiably large proportion of our taxes are being used to cause death and destruction in Afghanistan. With Afghanistan being the longest war the U.S. has ever officially waged, we should carefully examine the costs of the war – financial and otherwise – and ask ourselves, is it really worth it?

The war costs taxpayers between $500,000 to $1 million per soldier in Afghanistan every year. Since President Obama deployed thousands of more troops than Bush, the escalating war has come with a bloated price tag. So far, we have spent $336 billion on the war, and if Congress approves a request for additional funding, that number will go up to $455.4 billion – nearly half a trillion dollars. According to, just the $120 billion in additional funding could fund 1.6 million elementary school teachers for a year, 1.9 million firefighters for a year, or $5,550 Pell Grants for 19.3 million students. A single month’s expenses on the Afghanistan war could pay for 46.9 billion meals for the hungry each month. Six months’ worth of Afghanistan war expenses could pay for school supplies for every single child in the world.

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2 thoughts on “The Afghan war is brutal, expensive, unpopular, and ineffective – so why are we spending billions on it?

  1. Vince J.

    The War Criminal Obama is worse than the War Criminal W.C. Bush. Torture is well and alive in Bagram, Guantanamo and in the US (Manning).

    The US is spending borrowed money… it is bleeding.

    “Death by a thousand cuts”.
    For someone who has experienced 25 years of military dictatorship which toppled a democratic elected government, financed and supported by Washington. Who saw people disapearing with the CIA techniques of kidnapping, torturing and murdering… it is a pleasure to see this murderous government spending/waating money and going down hill.

  2. Norman

    Military Industrial Oligarch Conspiratorial Complex. The U.S.Government has been bought & paid for, is a betrayal of the Constitution that many today hold up. In fact, they hide behind that same Constitution, yet are just as if not more corrupt then the ones they replaced. The U.S. is becoming ripe for its own revolution, let’s hope that when it happens, it’s Peaceful, not a shooting one like Libya is today. Regardless, lessons can and will be learned.

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