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Afghan exit will cost U.S. billions?

~ The Rebel ~ 2012/07/11 18:32:12
Moving the mountain of U.S. military gear out of Afghanistan after more than a
decade of war will cost billions of dollars and prove far more difficult than
last year's withdrawal from Iraq, the Pentagon's No. 2 official said Tuesday.

Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, the Pentagon's point man for overseeing
the drawdown in Afghanistan, talked about the challenges in his first extensive
interview on pulling out of Afghanistan.

Landlocked Afghanistan requires a 1,000-mile drive on
rough, dangerous road to the port in Karachi, Pakistan. So far, just a trickle
of trucks has moved through the two Pakistani border crossings — five trucks in
the north, and nine in the south, Carter said. It will take as long as three
months for traffic to flow freely through Pakistan there, he said.


Even so, that is the best option. Flying equipment out, or
using the long, overland route through nations to the north, has added as much
as $100 million a month in transportation costs, he said.


"The challenge of getting in and out of Afghanistan tells
us a lot about why Osama bin Laden went there in the first place," said Loren
Thompson, a military analyst at the Lexington
Institute
and a defense industry consultant.

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  • Ken 2012/07/12 04:23:54
    Ken
    +1
    Wars cost money, if they aren't worth it, don't get in them.
  • krayzrick 2012/07/11 19:15:17
    krayzrick
    +1
    Obama's fault...
  • kevracer 2012/07/11 18:39:37
    kevracer
    Interesting- of course some folks will claim that this expense is Obama's fault
  • Dan 2012/07/11 18:37:24
    Dan
    +1
    Leave the most costly to ship equpment there and deduct it from Afghanistans' aid. Come to think of it, take the nukes and deduct the cost of that from their aid as well.
  • kevracer Dan 2012/07/11 18:40:36
    kevracer
    the mostly costly to ship is likely the most valuable material
  • Dan kevracer 2012/07/11 19:11:16
    Dan
    +1
    I was thinking the largest/bulkiest common items, trucks, basic artilary etc. Certainly nothing high tech or advanced.
  • kevracer Dan 2012/07/11 19:12:29
    kevracer
    you'd leave artillery?
  • DS in Oak Ridge NC 2012/07/11 18:37:00 (edited)
    DS in Oak Ridge NC
    +1
    Leading from behind entails serious back-end costs... in far too many ways. A long-term policy that entailed an enduring alliance could have put some of that gear to work fighting on behalf of shared interests of America & Afghanistan. Instead, we cut the cord (again).
  • HarleyCharley 2012/07/11 18:33:21
    HarleyCharley
    it will be worth it....

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