Thursday, May 13, 2010

Remember "spend that money at home"?

The monthly cost of the war in Afghanistan, driven by troop increases and fighting on difficult terrain, has topped Iraq costs for the first time since 2003 and shows no sign of letting up.

Pentagon spending in February, the most recent month available, was $6.7 billion in Afghanistan compared with $5.5 billion in Iraq. As recently as fiscal year 2008, Iraq was three times as expensive; in 2009, it was twice as costly.

It was only about 2 years ago when candidate Obama promised to wind down the war in Iraq and "spend that money at home". Instead, we're spending it in Afghanistan.

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