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Your depressing fact of the day


Sam Roggeveen


13 October 2009 07:59

From Steve Clemons:

The cost of America's military effort in Afghanistan is $65 billion per year -- and the price tag will probably go up when a new strategy is announced by President Obama.There have been many hundreds killed and thousands wounded there.

But what gets me is that the entire GDP of Afghanistan is just $22 billion. We are spending -- just on the military and not counting allied force commitments or NGO and other non-military aid -- more than three times the entire GDP of the country. And we have been losing this war.