- It costs $1 million per year for each soldier in Afghanistan. That's significantly higher than in Iraq. Afghanistan's terrain makes it more difficult and expensive to supply the troops.
- The U.S. will be funding Afghanistan's military for the foreseeable future. The Afghan army needs $6 to $8 billion annually to function, money the Afghan government simply does not have.
- Afghanistan's total annual budget is $1.5 billion.
The high cost of the war is causing Republican and Democratic politicians to rethink policies in Afghanistan.