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As Afghan War Nears End, US to Spend Billions on Shipping Weapons Back Home

Going to war isn’t cheap, but neither is ending one. As the United States prepares to make its grand exit from Afghanistan at the end of next year, the Pentagon is planning on spending at least $3 billion just to send leftover equipment back to the US.

The astronomical shipping cost was confirmed in USA TODAY this week by reporter Tom Vanden Brook, who wrote that roughly 1.5 million pieces of gear will have to go home before the December 2014 deadline for US to exit Afghanistan.

By then, the US will have spent over 13 years overseas involved in a lengthy operation that began following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and remains active even two years after al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was assassinated by American troops in neighboring Pakistan. Around 60,000 US troops are still stationed in Afghanistan.

At the beginning of 2013, Vanden Brook wrote, the military was left wondering what to do with around $28 billion worth of gear that wouldn’t be needed much longer overseas. Around $11 billion worth of those items have since been shuffled away, and the US has closed the majority of its 400 Afghan bases. As the exit date nears day by day, however, the Pentagon is perusing its hefty arsenal of arms and attempting to identify the quickest and most cost-effective way to rid the region of the $17 billion or so worth of warheads that will soon no longer be needed.


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Perhaps they'll use it on us...

... or "award" it to local "law enforcement" entities for "our safety".

What would the Founders do?

Other sources say it's being destroyed

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They should just sell it all

They should just sell it all at army surplus stores. If the police can get fancy toys, the people should too...

We all share this eternally evolving present moment- The past and future only exist as inconsequential mental fabrications.

McCain to save taxpayers money!

by sending all the equipment to rebels in Syria! (sarc)

Formerly rprevolutionist

Kind of

had the same thought. Except if they were allowed to start the bombing then a ground invasion. They would have just moved it all to Syria.

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