Afghanistan Weekly Reader: $580 Billion and Counting

The U.S. elections came and went with little mention of the war in Afghanistan. The status quo is unchanged. Violence and instability continue, as do questions about the capability of the Afghan security forces. 68,000 U.S. troops are still in Afghanistan; thousands of trainers and special operations forces may remain after 2014. And war costs, which exceeded $580 billion, continue to add up.

From ASG
Afghanistan War More Expensive Than The Top Ten Costliest Storms

Afghanistan Study Group by Mary Kaszynski

The economic damage cause by Sandy is estimated at $30 billion to $50 billion, a staggering amount on its own, but tiny compared to the amounts the U.S. has spent on the war in Afghanistan.

As NATO Nears Exit, Construction Dries Up

New York Times by Rod Norland and Sangar Rahimi

Jalalabad Road, the heart of what might be called the Afghan capital’s military-industrial complex, has also become the place where heavy construction equipment comes to die.

War-weary Afghans shrug off Obama re-election

AFP by Lawrence Bartlett

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday congratulated US President Barack Obama on his re-election, but many in the war-weary nation shrugged off the news as foreign forces prepare to withdraw.

Afghanistan’s Karzai back to antagonizing the US and attacking free speech

Christian Science Monitor by Dan Murphy

The so-called “fighting season” is over and an Afghan leader’s fancy can turn to antagonizing his American patrons for amusement over the cold winter months.

The Permanent Militarization of America

New York Times by Aaron B. O’Connell

Were Eisenhower alive, he’d be aghast at our debt, deficits and still expanding military-industrial complex.

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