Three of the Obama administration's policy experts on Afghanistan and Pakistan recently appeared before members of Congress. During the Congressional oversight hearing these three "experts" were completely unable to give Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) answers to two very fundamental questions about the U.S. war effort:
How much is the war in Afghanistan costing the U.S. taxpayer? and,
How many Americans were killed or injured in Afghanistan in the past year?
The three administration officials were James F. Dobbins, Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan for the State Department; Michael J. Dumont, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan & Central Asia; and Donald “Larry” Sampler, USAID Assistant to the Administrator in the Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs.
The fact that these three highly-paid administration experts were ignorant of the most basic facts about the war in Afghanistan was "stunning" in the words of Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-VA). It is, of course, the American people who will have to pick up the tab for the $663 billion boondoggle in Afghanistan. That is how much the war has already cost, including $91.5 billion in 2013, and we should be livid that the Obama administration is so reckless about waging its war of aggression in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The war in Afghanistan is, after all, a war of aggression because after 12 years of war, not one piece of evidence has been presented connecting Afghanistan to the terror attacks of 9-11. This means that the war in Afghanistan is one giant war crime.
To answer the question about how many U.S. personnel have been killed or wounded in Afghanistan in the past year, I turned toIcasualties.org, which reports that 127 Americans lost their lives in Afghanistan in 2013. The total number of Americans killed since 2001 is more than 2,309. The website seems to have stopped counting the number of U.S. wounded in September 2012, but the current figure appears to be about 20,000 U.S. wounded in Afghanistan.
This 6-minute video speaks volumes about the carelessness and recklessness of the Obama administrations war-fighting policies in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and beyond. It should also raise the most fundamental question about this war, now in its fourteeenth year: why are we waging this costly and reckless war in Afghanistan?