November 23, 2010 – The Afghanistan War isn’t making us safer and it’s not worth the cost–a cost that’s about to explode if the president allows the war to drag out until 2014. An estimate by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments shows that prolonging the war through 2014 will cost taxpayers an extra $125 billion, bringing the remaining cost of the war to $413 billion.
This is in addition to the trillion dollars the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars have already cost us.
We need these resources at home to get our communities back on their feet and people in good paying jobs, but instead this money will go to the kind of spending that’s the least stimulating of the economy. We can’t afford this waste.
During the president’s West Point speech last year, he said:
Over the past several years, we have lost that balance. We’ve failed to appreciate the connection between our national security and our economy. In the wake of an economic crisis, too many of our neighbors and friends are out of work and struggle to pay the bills. Too many Americans are worried about the future facing our children. Meanwhile, competition within the global economy has grown more fierce. So we can’t simply afford to ignore the price of these wars.
Words are not good enough anymore. The president needs to put our money where his mouth is and get our economy moving instead of wasting hundreds of billions of dollars on more war.