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The aimless war in Afghanistan will cost US taxpayers $45 billion this year – Orange County Register

Posted by Martin C. Fox on February 12, 2018

How many more decades of death and destruction before we declare victory and go home?

Doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result…

http://www.ocregister.com/2018/02/07/the-aimless-war-in-afghanistan-will-cost-us-taxpayers-45-billion-this-year/

Sal Rodriguez

America’s forever war in Afghanistan will cost $45 billion this year, a Pentagon official told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday.

Now in its 17th year, there seems to be no end in sight to what has mostly become a futile effort at nation building. Depending on how you calculate it, the total cost of the war to date somewhere between $841 billion and $2 trillion…

The human cost is also staggering. More than 26,000 civilians have been killed, tens of thousands more injured, more than 2,000 American soldiers have been killed, and many more injured. The trauma and destruction of war will be felt for generations to come.

After all of that, it isn’t clear that the United States has accomplished very much. The Taliban continues to gain ground, report after report has come out documenting waste and fraud in US spending in Afghanistan and it is known that our military has long looked the other way as Afghan security forces sexually abused children and continued funding units engaged in human rights abuses.

All that has been established is that the U.S. federal government is absolutely terrible at rebuilding countries, spending money responsibly, protecting human rights and fostering stable governments…

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