June 22nd, 2011
08:38 AM ET

Troop drawdown won't stop spending machine

When snow starts falling in Afghanistan later this year, fewer U.S. soldiers will be on the ground, and fewer taxpayer dollars will be required to continue to finance the war (as expected to be announced by President Obama on Tuesday).

But the savings in the first year - probably less than $10 billion - won't be much to write home about, especially considering the U.S. has already run up a $443 billion tab in Afghanistan.

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Filed under: Withdrawing troops
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Buffee

    There is a critical shortage of ifnmorative articles like this.

    July 11, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dan from Detroit, MI

    It's the spending machine that needs to be stopped here. The money we spend on Afghanistan and the obnoxious war there could be much better spent on our own economy and our infrastructure. As long as Obama caters to the MIC(military-industrial-complex) the spending, unfortunately, will go on!

    June 22, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dan from Chicago, IL

    There's over 2 million girls going to school compared to 0 in 2001 that is celebration enough!

    June 22, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
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      http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=9396748

      June 24, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. salerno

    Less than 10 billions $ because only few thousand soldiers probably 30.000 will be retired.
    It is not enough for Obama to be realected even if he caught OBL after 10 years, as he did so after worsening the condition of lives for most americans and with unemployment at 9 % and more taxes to pay, there is little room to celebrate anything.

    June 22, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |