I suspect most Americans have no idea of the REAL cost of the war. The runnings costs are frightening enough. But this is only part of the story. Five years of war means five years of over-utililization of military equipment. A C-17, for example, is designed for a lifetime of x years based on an average yearly utilization of y flying hours. If for five years utilization is 2y flying hours, the C-17 uses up 10 years of design lifetime in 5 years. Even if the war is stopped in the near future, the cost of replacement for earlier-than anticipated used-up gear is going to haunt the American taxpayer for decades to come.
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