U.S. aid to Ukraine in its battle with Russia now exceeds the cost of the War in Afghanistan at the height of ‘the surge’ in 2011.
Millions of Americans oppose the massive spending and our involvement in the newest forever war, but our leaders in Washington just can’t seem to send funds to Ukraine fast enough.
It’s hard to even keep track of the number of dollars we are spending here.
Breitbart News reports:
Aid to Ukraine Exceeds Cost of 2011 Afghanistan Surge
American aid to Ukraine has eclipsed the annual expenditure of “endless” wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
As the protracted war between Ukraine and Russia continues unabated, congressional lawmakers and President Joe Biden have appropriated $110 billion in military and economic aid to Ukraine.
Some pro-Ukraine advocates have contended that the costs of aiding Ukraine’s fight with Russia amounts to “peanuts” in “grand strategy terms.”
Trita Parsi, the executive vice president of the noninterventionist Quincy Institute, disputed the narrative from these pro-aid analysts.
Anthony Cordesman, emeritus chair of strategy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, wrote last year that the “costs of such aid are low in grand strategic terms.”
Timothy Ash, a fellow at the Chatham House, wrote, “It’s Costing Peanuts for the U.S. to Defeat Russia.”
Here are the hard numbers:
The cost of the war thus far is not, contrary to Ash, “peanuts.” The U.S. support for Ukraine in 2022 amounted to $68 billion, and the White House requested another $34 billion. In comparison, the war in Afghanistan cost $23 billion per year in its first two years. In 2011, at the height of the surge, the war cost $107 billion. The Iraq War cost $54.4 billion and $91.5 billion in its first two years, respectively. According to the Cost of War project at Brown University, the failed global “war on terror” cost $8 trillion and caused more than 900,000 deaths over the course of 20 years.
When did the American people ask for any of this?
Aid to Ukraine Exceeds Cost of 2011 Afghanistan SurgeAnd we voted on this when?? https://t.co/Mipa5XAjTy
— MARY ELLEN BELDING (@MEB_Justice) January 24, 2023
There just seems to be no end in sight. We finally got out of Afghanistan and now we’re seemingly locked into a new money-sucking conflict.