Administration can’t answer basic queries costs of war in Afghanistan

Lawmakers shocked by lack of information

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“I say to the panel, Mr. Rohrabacher is right. How you can come to a congressional oversight hearing on this subject, with your titles, and not know how much we’re spending every year and not know how many casualties we incurred this last year?” Mr. Connolly said. “I will say to the chairman of this committee, [this] is actually a stunning, stunning development.”

According to the Pentagon’s fiscal 2013 budget, it is spending about $88 billion this year to wage war in Afghanistan. The State Department budget allocates $4.6 billion in aid and operations.

The U.S. has lost 118 service members this year, according to the website icasualties.org.

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