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What $cost is too much? How many lives is too many?

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.

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 7:47 PM on Oct. 14, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • We hit the "too much" point years ago. Too many lives ruined, too much money spent.

    “Every gun that's made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed." ~Dwight D. Eisenhower
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:06 PM on Oct. 14, 2009

  • Where are all the "we can't AFFORD health care" peeps??

    We can afford this?

    We really showed that Osama Bin Laden! He killed a little under 5000 Americans...so GWB sent 5000 American soldiers to their deaths in Iraq (who had ZERO to do with 9/11), spent TRILLIONS on these wars , Osama is still FREE , HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS of INNOCENT Iraqi's and Afghani's are dead,Afghanastan war has NO END in sight

    Yea, we really showed them. Texas style
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:48 PM on Oct. 14, 2009

  • We can't afford the UHC. We didn't just go to Afghanistan and start kicking sand. They came here and kicked the sand. It takes a commitment to win. I think the cost of winning this war is more affordable than some of the things this administration has come up with. We definitely can't afford losing this war. If we just walk away, all of the lives lost will be for naught. Is that your idea of saving money?

    jesse123456

    Answer by jesse123456 at 8:53 PM on Oct. 14, 2009

  • The difficulty with giving Afghanistan a simple numerical value is that it's hard to get an exact number of what the price would be of loosing over there.

    Of course the ideal is for Afghanistan to use their own soldiers and not depend on us - but it's going to take a little more time for their military to get that strong.

    Honestly if you want to talk about countries that really shouldn't be depending on our military any more - we can definitely talk about how lots of countries in Europe have skeleton armies, and totally rely on the U.S. via NATO to fight their battles for them.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:29 PM on Oct. 14, 2009

  • So much emotion and so little education. I am not knocking you OP, but you are letting your emotion rule your intelligence on this issue. If you don't understand military operations, do a little studying. If you don't understand the enemy's agenda, do some research.

    We cannot just simply throw up our hands and bring our soldiers home. If we did we would be fighting this war in our backyards and it would happen in a heartbeat. The people we are dealing with simply want us dead. There are no if's, and's or but's. They can't be negotiated with and they can't be sanctioned. The extremists we are fighting are fighting a holy war. We may not consider it so, but they do.

    The decision isn't whether TO fight them or not, but WHERE to fight them. Would you rather it be your backyard or theirs. I pick theirs.
    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 10:09 PM on Oct. 14, 2009

  • We can't afford the UHC. We didn't just go to Afghanistan and start kicking sand. They came here and kicked the sand. It takes a commitment to win. I think the cost of winning this war is more affordable than some of the things this administration has come up with. We definitely can't afford losing this war. If we just walk away, all of the lives lost will be for naught. Is that your idea of saving money?


    No, one militia group came here. There was no declaration of war from Afghanastan

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:44 PM on Oct. 14, 2009

  • The decision isn't whether TO fight them or not, but WHERE to fight them. Would you rather it be your backyard or theirs. I pick theirs.

    Now that is the simplified version of the truth.....simple, easy to understand and to the point. In a perfect world, we would leave them alone and they would leave us alone.. but that is fiction and a dream. The reality is much more grim. Oh, how I wish it wasn't!
    wildboyz1994

    Answer by wildboyz1994 at 12:22 AM on Oct. 15, 2009

  • The decision isn't whether TO fight them or not, but WHERE to fight them. Would you rather it be your backyard or theirs. I pick theirs. Now that is the simplified version of the truth.....simple, easy to understand and to the point. In a perfect world, we would leave them alone and they would leave us alone.. but that is fiction and a dream. The reality is much more grim. Oh, how I wish it wasn't!


    That just isn't true. and what you are saying is you'd rather our soldiers die and other innocents die as long as its not you

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:28 AM on Oct. 15, 2009

  • OP, I agree with you to some extent. Obama promised to bring our soldiers home, and instead he has expanding the war in Afghanistan, bombed Pakistan, and kept Bush's schedule to withdraw the troops in Iraq.

    Obama is just as much a warmonger as our previous president. So much for "change".
    mancosmomma

    Answer by mancosmomma at 9:38 AM on Oct. 15, 2009

  • OP, I agree with you to some extent. Obama promised to bring our soldiers home, and instead he has expanding the war in Afghanistan, bombed Pakistan, and kept Bush's schedule to withdraw the troops in Iraq.

    Obama is just as much a warmonger as our previous president. So much for "change".

    President Obama never promised to bring our troops home from Afghanastan. He prominsed to end that war responsibly and he talked of that being the correct place to be and not in Iraq
    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 9:56 AM on Oct. 15, 2009

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