Tuesday, June 28, 2011

U.S. spending on air conditioning in Iraq and Afghanistan more than NASA budget

The wars in general are expensive, but are even worse in places with high temperatures, such as Afghanistan or Iraq. U.S. spent annually the exorbitant amount of 20,200 million dollars a year in air conditioning to alleviate the stifling of its troops in those two countries. To understand, this is more than the NASA budget.

This is due to the high cost of transporting the fuel to operate U.S. military bases located in some of the most isolated places in the world, according to NPR assured the retired Brigadier General Steven Anderson, former head of logistics Patreaus general in Iraq. In fact, the transport of fuel to the base is almost an Odyssey.

The Obama administration is receiving criticism for the high cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan at a time when the country tries to recover from the 2008 economic crisis.

Last week, Obama announced that by September 2012, just before the presidential election, withdraw 33,000 of the 100,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

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