Ten billion dollars a month is a lot of money.
That's the price tag for the privilege of continuing to wage a 10-year war against Afghanistan: $10 billion a month.
The American people who have been borrowing that money from the Chinese and Russians have a right to ask and to get answers to some very important questions: Where is that money going, and what exactly is it accomplishing?
What are we getting for our $10 billion a month? Its hard to get a straight answer to that question from government officials.
Are we more secure here at home? No! Is the Afghanistan central government introducing the rule of law? No!
Have we not already defeated al Qaeda? And so who are we fighting and why?
1,500 brave men and women have lost their lives in Afghanistan. Almost 12,000 have been wounded in action, at a cost--a continuing cost--of $10 billion a month--a month.
Nonmilitary contributions to Afghan reconstruction and development from 2002 to 2010 have reached $19 billion --a number which is expected to surge as we transition to a civilian mission.
The Afghan Government is hopelessly corrupt.
$10 billion hasn't bought us an end of this corruption it has only increased it. It is clear to me the present course is unsustainable, creates dependency, breeds corruption, and ignores the fact that at some point Afghanistan will have to stand on its own--on its trillions of dollars in mineral deposits--and build its own future.
We are spending $10 billion a month on a counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan that does not have a clear path to a definable victory. What a waste of money we don't even have.
$10 billion wasted every month, month after month...When it is going to end?