I was able to open it up and read it. The numbers are staggering.
Since I'm an old underwriter, my first rule is always, check the source.
In this case, it's the Foundation of Economic Education, a conservative libertarian think tank that was established in 1946.
FEE states that its mission is to promote principles of "individual liberty, free-market economics, entrepreneurship, private property, high moral character, and limited government"
FEE, founded in 1946, is considered the oldest free-market think tank in the United States. An early aim was to roll back policies of the New Deal. FEE opposed the Marshall Plan, Social Security and minimum wages, among other American social and economic policies.
FOX "news" claims the dollar amount was $15.5 billion.
Paul Gosar said the number is $80 billion.
One of the MOST reliable sources you can find is NPR, and this is what they had to say:
In the weeks before the Taliban seized Kabul, retreating Afghan forces ditched billions of dollars' worth of U.S.-supplied military hardware — from assault rifles to Black Hawk helicopters.
The U.S. military removed planes, heavy weapons and sophisticated military equipment as it began winding down its operations in Afghanistan in the spring. But it couldn't take home 20 years of accumulated hardware and instead left much of it to the Afghan military.
A report last month by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) indicates that the U.S.-backed Afghan military possessed more than 150 aircraft.
There's a big difference between having a Black Hawk helicopter and learning to use it effectively.
"Someone could get in there, maybe find some operating manuals and figure out how to get the engine started, the rotors turning and get it up in the air," he tells NPR. "But they'd probably be more of a danger to themselves than to anyone else at that point."
Then there's the question of maintenance and spare parts. U.S. contractors maintained the Afghan military's Black Hawks. In the hands of the Taliban, they "would break and they would not be able to fix them," Schroden says. Same goes for the C-130s, he says, which, like the Black Hawks, have "fairly sophisticated maintenance requirements."
Asked what weapon he thinks is the most lethal in the Taliban's new arsenal, Schroden doesn't name an American system, but a Russian one — the D-30 howitzer, a 122-mm towed artillery piece.
He says the weapons are lethal and "it's clear the Taliban know how to use them."
Sure, we left billions of dollars in equipment behind, but it pales in comparison to the overall cost of the war.
Estimated amount of direct Afghanistan and Iraq war costs that the United States has debt-financed as of 2020: $2 trillion.
Estimated interest payments on that $2 trillion so far (based on a higher-end estimate of interest rates): $925 billion.
Estimated interest costs by 2030: $2 trillion.
To finance the Korean War, Truman raised the top tax rate to 92%.
To finance the Vietnam War, LBJ raised the top tax rate to 77%
To finance the war in Afghanistan, George W. CUT the top tax rate by 8%, and financed the cost of the war.