Forget about the actual cost of waging war in Afghanistan while the US economy falters, the US government has plants to scrap approximately $7 billion worth of equipment because the cost of shipping it back to the States is more than the military equipment is worth.
The military equipment includes about 2,000 hulking MRAPs or mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles that cost $1 million each, reports the Washington Post. Instead of leaving the equipment there, the US will turn the excess equipmentinto scrap metal.
The natural question is why not leave it for the Afghan army? Amazingly, or perhaps not so, the Pentagon is concerned the Afghan forces won't be able to maintain it. Didn't we train them? I guess not on how to maintain equipment.
The US obviously has the option of donating the arms to allied nations, but this would require any recipients to pick it up and that's going to be to challenging to make happen before the 2014 withdrawal date. If you're in the scrap metal business this may be a great time to look for some sweet deals in Afghanistan. Call the Secretary of Defense to find out more.