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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Cost of the Afghanistan war per soldier

Jim Lacey of the Marine Corps War College recently pointed out that Gen Petraeus believes there are around 100 al-Qaida members fighting in Afghanistan. On the flip side, there are more than 140,000 coalition soldiers there. That means there are 1,400 soldiers for every al-Qaida fighter. It is estimated that it costs one million dollars a year for each US soldier. That means it costs around $1.5 billion a year for each al-Qaida member. Jim Lacey asks the pertinent question, "Has anyone done the math?"

In what bizarro world does this make sense to anyone?

1 comment:

  1. great perspective. maybe we should just give each al-Quaida member $1.4 Billion/year to go away. Or $1.4 Million, and save loads of money.