December 10th, 2009
08:15 PM ET

The cost of war

Even as Gen. Stanley McChrystal wrapped up his week of Congressional testimony on Thursday, questions are still swirling about the cost. Why is it so expensive to send U.S. troops to Afghanistan? The White House estimates the cost to be about $1 million per deployed troop.

The overall Pentagon budget for fiscal 2010 is some $660 billion. Many, though, estimate the intensified war in Afghanistan will drive costs even higher. Former assistant defense secretary Lawrence Korb notes thousands of extra troops were deployed to Afghanistan earlier this year.

"So, this is another 30,000," says Korb, now with the Center for American Progress. "Neither of those were anticipated. Defense spending for fiscal year 2010 will be close to $750 billion, which is about the same size as the stimulus package."

But when will the final figure be released and how will President Obama approach Congress to approve the money? Watch's report: Afghanistan's high price tag

Filed under: Decision: Afghanistan
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  1. Necklace Holder 

    we can say that the stimulus package that were issued several years ago have been taking its effect now:-*

    October 20, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, B.A. J.D.

    I saw pictures on CNN of the Taliban riding new motor bikes. Those motor bikes and the new machine guns were either paid for by dirt-bags in the Persian Gulf, or by Heroin Addicts in the US and in the EU. We need to punish the dirtbags in the gulf, and help the addicts get to rehab because of a paucity of Heroin. If we can make this the year that the opium poppy becomes extinct in Afghanistan, then perhaps we may see an insurgency on foot, in rags, without bullets in their guns.

    January 3, 2010 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |