According to press reports, we are now going to send 34,000 more troops to Afghanistan, in addition to the 68,000 already there.
The Pentagon tells us it costs $1,000,000 a year for each soldier there, or one billion for each one thousand.
The following speech was delivered on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr.:
Mr. Speaker, there is nothing conservative about the war in Afghanistan. The Center for Defense Information said a few months ago that we had spent over $400 billion on the war and war-related costs there. Now, the Pentagon says it will cost about $1 billion for each 1,000 additional troops we send to Afghanistan.
The SPEAKER pro tempore. Under a previous order of the House, the gentleman from Tennessee (Mr. Duncan) is recognized for 5 minutes.
Mr. Speaker, before the Federal Government got heavily into health care in the mid-sixties, medical care was cheap and affordable for almost everyone. Doctors even commonly made house calls. We took what was a very minor problem for very few people and turned it into a major problem for everyone.
Washington, DC -- Mr. Speaker, Robert Samuelson is a long-time economics columnist for The Washington Post. He is considered to be a very middle-of-the-road writer, neither liberal nor conservative.
Washington, DC -- I thank the gentlewoman from North Carolina for yielding me this time.
Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to this rule and to the underlying multibillion-dollar waste that the rule brings to the floor.