The security assessment being conducted by US General Stanley McCrystal, the top US commander in Afghanistan, is likely to produce recommendations that will significantly raise the cost of operations in that country.

During the past 6 years, Afghanistan has been funded at a small fraction of the amount we have spent in Iraq, with the US spending $10billion per month in Iraq and $2 billion in Afghanistan in a typical month.  However, it is likely that we will be encouraged to (a) increase US troop levels;  (b) fund a significant increase in Afghan’s own security forces; and (c) provide military aid to Afghanistan for many years to come.

Michael O’Hanlon at Brookings said: “It’s a reasonable guess that for 20 years, we essentially will have to fund half the Afghan budget. We are creating a [long-term military aid] situation similar to the ones we have with Israel, Egypt and Jordan”.   Read story in Washington Post:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/08/AR2009080802283.html

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  1. Linda on August 23rd, 2009 8:57 pm

    The security assessment being conducted by US General Stanley McCrystal, the top US commander in Afghanistan, is likely to produce recommendations that will significantly raise the cost of operations in that country.

    During the past 6 years, Afghanistan has been funded at a small fraction of the amount we have spent in Iraq, with the US spending $10billion per month in Iraq and $2 billion in Afghanistan in a typical month. However, it is likely that we will be encouraged to (a) increase US troop levels; (b) fund a significant increase in Afghan’s own security forces; and (c) provide military aid to Afghanistan for many years to come.

    Michael O’Hanlon at Brookings said: “It’s a reasonable guess that for 20 years, we essentially will have to fund half the Afghan budget. We are creating a [long-term military aid] situation similar to the ones we have with Israel, Egypt and Jordan”. Read story in Washington Post:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/08/AR2009080802283.html

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