Would you pay $400 for a gallon of gas?

I'd rather walk

Ever wanted to know why it costs billions of dollars a week to wage a war? Check out these figures from the Pentagon as reported in The Hill this week:

Pentagon officials have told the House Appropriations  Defense Subcommittee a gallon of fuel costs the military about $400 by the time it arrives in the remote locations in Afghanistan where U.S. troops operate.

The Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James Conway, told a Navy Energy Forum this week that transporting fuel miles into Afghanistan and Iraq along risky and dangerous routes can raise the cost of a $1.04 gallon up to $400, according to Aviation Week which covered the forum.

The Marines in Afghanistan, for example, reportedly run through some 800,000 gallons of fuel a day.

Indicative of waging a war in a foreign land with little infrastructure, dangerous roads and no sea port, moving anything around is very, very expensive. While the cost in blood may be low compared to many other wars in which America has fought, this one is definitely turning into a black hole for treasure.

Not so long ago we were being told that America was the richest power that the world had ever seen with the greatest ever military. Do we here that same talk now? How quickly a couple of wars and a recession change things.

And is it any wonder that Afghanistan is called the graveyard of empires?

P.S: Afghanistan recently moved into second place in terms of the longest running wars in which the US has been involved. Vietnam still tops the list.


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