There are currently 750,000 pieces of military equipment in Afghanistan worth $36 billion. They can move it or destroy it when all troops are finally out of that country in 2014. Destroy it?! Doesn't the United States have a debt problem? A nation worried about money and in sequestration certainly wouldn't torch $36 billion would they?
The sequester is cutting $85 billion.
The cost of moving the military equipment out of Afghanistan is $5.7 billion. Which begs the question of how much it costed to get the equipment there in the first place! If the sequester continues, can the government spend billions to move military equipment? If not, that's just adding another $36 billion to the ever growing federal deficit as officials destroy the equipment. Literally burning money.
Perhaps George W. Bush can pay the bill out of his pension. He is receiving upwards of $200,000 per year in addition to Secret Service protection, and reimbursements for staff, travel, mail, and office expenses. Over $1 million is being paid annually to Bush. And, after all, he is the one who sent the troops there in the first place. Doesn't it make you feel all warm and fuzzy to know that your tax dollars are still going into Bush and Cheney's pockets while they continue to cost you even more money cleaning up their leftovers in Afghanistan?
The Statistics Brain website shows a loss of $9 billion in money "unaccounted for" and another $549.7 billion in stolen equipment during the Iraq war. The cost of the war in Afghanistan is less than the Iraq war, but continues to grow. It looks like the U.S. is lucky to even have $36 billion of equipment left to worry about! Looking at numbers like that makes sequestration cuts look like chump change.
You've heard of the housewives that collect coupons and leave the grocery store with an SUV full of stuff after the store pays them money at the cash register? One of those ladies should be handling the finances in Washington, D.C.! There would not be any missing money or abandoned equipment likely to be torched.
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