Do The Maths: Victory Cannot Be Bought In Afghanistan -- Alan Philps, The National
Some statistics are so huge they defy comprehension. When it comes to grasping the trillions of dollars of the US national debt, the mind cannot compute. But occasionally a number comes up which is so striking that it sticks in the brain.
One such number is the cost of the US military providing air conditioning for its troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. A minor expenditure, you would expect, but it comes out at $20 billion (Dh73.5 billion) a year. This staggering sum is more than the total budget of Nasa, the US space agency.
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