February 27th, 2012
05:37 PM ET

$86 billion on 'reconstruction' in Afghanistan. Was it worth it?

The U.S. military presence in Afghanistan–nearly 100,000 troops–does not come cheap, carrying a staggering pricetag for American taxpayers of two billion dollars a week.

The investment in Afghanistan, Erin Burnett reports, includes an estimated $86 billion spent on "reconstruction" and $51 billion on training Afghan security forces.

By this summer, the U.S. will draw down its military force to 68,000 troops. But experts contacted by Erin Burnett OutFront say an "advisory" force of at least 25,000 Americans would be required to "protect" the investment in Afghanistan's security.

Keeping an "advisory" force of that size in Afghanistan for an indefinite period of time, Burnett reports, would still cost taxpayers somewhere between 20 and 30 billion a year.

Is it worth it?

Tonight on OutFront at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET, a debate on America's continued investment in Afghanistan.

Filed under: Economy • National Security
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. mario

    USA war industry takes a big slice of those billion spend in the middle east wars.That money would certainly boost american domestic economy.But it's not only money the main issue it is the "culture of war "that has been sublimely
    induced in the minds of the american public ,Instead of kindness and compassion for all races and cultures...As we speak, the wars on Syria and Iran are being " promoted "...

    March 12, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Reply
  2. Truck It Up

    Not worth it to taxpayers more wasteing our money for people that would rather kill us than talk to us they despise us and always will

    February 28, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Reply
  3. Andrew

    good question
    but worth it for who?
    the people of Afghanistan or the United States?
    definitely a no for tax payers here in the USA and i am always reading that the majority of Afghans did not want us there in the first place.
    money should have been put to better use to support America's Infastructure making what we already have in place here at home stronger.

    February 27, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Reply

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