WAPO: Afghanistan War to Eclipse Costs of Iraq War

Posted: August 10, 2009 in Uncategorized
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The Washington Post today published a report warning that the deepening U.S. involvement in Afghanistan will be far more costly than the Iraq War.

As the Obama administration expands U.S. involvement in Afghanistan, military experts are warning that the United States is taking on security and political commitments that will last at least a decade and a cost that will probably eclipse that of the Iraq war.

…Aid expenditures, excluding the cost of combat operations, have grown exponentially, from $982 million in 2003 to $9.3 billion last year.

The costs are almost certain to keep growing. The Obama administration is in the process of overhauling the U.S. approach to Afghanistan, putting its focus on long-term security, economic sustainability and development. That approach is also likely to require deployment of more American military personnel, at the very least to train additional Afghan security forces.

These growing costs mean that many of the criticisms Democrats leveled at President Bush’s Iraq policies now apply equally well to the misguided U.S. policies in Afghanistan. Take, for example, the rhetoric of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi:

If we could not afford the war in Iraq, we certainly cannot afford the war in Afghanistan. To learn more, watch Part Three of Rethink Afghanistan: The Cost of War.

  1. sporkmaster says:

    Not to get too into this one since I have posted a lot recently, but consider who is talking in your video.

    • dcrowe says:

      By the way, I know i haven’t responded to many of the great comments you and others left on the blog lately–we’ve been spending a lot of time getting settled / painting the new house, so I barely have time to write the actual posts. This will all calm down soon, though…I hope!

      • sporkmaster says:

        I was going to ask about that, I figured that would time most of your time. Hope everything is going ok.

  2. dcrowe says:

    LOL! I understand your perspective on the speaker. However, the point of the video isn’t necessarily to hold anyone up as the expert…it’s to show that the current lack of opposition to the Afghanistan war among House Democrats makes no sense. You can level many if not most of the same criticisms at the Afghanistan exercise as they did against the Iraq war.

    • sporkmaster says:

      I understand the video point, that subject has been talked a lot on military blogs. As far as Afghanistan one thing that could be said is that because we where busy with Iraq that it allowed a lot of our gains in 2001-2002 to slip away. So that should be taken into consideration about the problems in that area.

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