PENTAGON EXPECTS AFGHAN WAR TO COST $45 BILLION IN 2018 — 16 YEARS AFTER IT STARTED | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


PENTAGON EXPECTS AFGHAN WAR TO COST $45 BILLION IN 2018 — 16 YEARS AFTER IT STARTED

(ANTIWAR.COM) Speaking to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Assistant Secretary of Defense Randall Schriver on Tuesday revealed that the Pentagon expects the cost of the Afghan War in 2018 to come to $45 billion.
This obviously is subject to change, in the face of more probable escalations. The cost includes $13 billion in direct cost for US troops already committed, $5 billion to prop up Afghanistan’s own struggling military, and other funding for logistics, aid projects, and other assorted expenses.

That’s a lot of money to throw at the war in its 16th year, and there is a lot of questioning of the merits among senators of both parties, concerned that yet another doubling down on a war long since lost may not be the most prudent of courses.

Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) expressed concern that there is no clear path to end the conflict, while Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said there was no military solution to be had, and billions to the Afghan military are particularly wasted since they still, 16 years in, are unable to defend themselves.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This horrific waste of money, 16 years on, with a war which cannot be won, is just thoroughly immoral, when there are so many real needs back here at home which are desperately in need of attention.

There can be no military metric by which the US government and NATO can say that they are "winning" this war; and with all the cost of blood and money spent, it has been a real catastrophe for both the Afghani people, and for an American government with the hubris and idiocy to start it in the first place.

It was, morally, and militarily, unjustafiable, and will remain an horrendous stain on the character of US governmental leadership in Washington.

And President Trump, and NATO high command, I will tell you precisely how to end this war; evacuate all troops as safely as is possible, and negotiate with whatever government which is left standing in Kabul for the oil pipeline rights; that is what this was all about in the first place, as Bush's operatives in DC thought the Taliban's price was "too high", so decided to "win" the rights to those pipelines through a quick war.

This continued occupation of Afghanistan does not make Americans more safe; on the contrary, these mass extrajudicial assassinations, a favorite tactic of both President Obama and President Trump, both here and other places when the US military has been deployed, has "inspired" younger wanta-be jihadis to do damage to Amercian soldiers, and American assets around the world.

Comments

SHARE THIS ARTICLE WITH YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA