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Patch's Poll: Should the U.S. Keep Funding Afghanistan Through 2017?

The Obama administration said it wants to continue its pledge of billions of dollars to the Middle Eastern country for a civil assistance plan.

In an international effort to stabilize Afghanistan, President Barack Obama’s administration plans to ask Congress for additional funding toward a four-year civilian assistance plan.

According to The Associated Press, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in Tokyo this past weekend where she made a pledge for continual financial support to Afghanistan until 2017.

This funding effort would be part of a financial plan along with 70 other countries, with the ultimate goal toward rebuilding the country's economy and other reforms, the AP reported.

Since 2001, the annual American assistance to Afghanistan civilian efforts has leveled out at between $1 billion and $2.3 billion each year.

The U.S. has maintained a presence in the Middle Eastern nation since toppling the Taliban in 2001 following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

There still are troops in the country and, according to The Daily Beast, the Obama Administration plans on leaving some 68,000 troops there by the end of the year.

A watchdog website, CostOfWar.com, calculates that the cost of the Afghanistan War has reached over $545 billion since 2001.

Do you agree that the U.S. should continue this course of funding rebuilding efforts in Afghanistan? Do you think this will be good for our overall national security or that this is already enough spending on these wars? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

Don Charles July 11, 2012 at 03:20 AM
NO funding for any of these countries they will only give us a kick in the butt. They also will go right back to fighting each other for power in their countries.
Mike Liso July 11, 2012 at 10:47 AM
Sure, and let's support Iran, Syria,Iraq,Pakistan,and any other country that wants our money.What has this country become? We can't even take care of our own, our Seniors are living from day to day we have homeless AMERICANS, bank forclosures, people without medical benefits, precription costs that are out of control and we should help other countrys? Wake up America, get rid of the moronic politicians that are destroying us !!!
SolarPete July 11, 2012 at 12:36 PM
If Obama wants to send them money he can take it out of his yearly pay and start by cutting outhis many vacation Tax payers money is for the US tax payers not for anyone else
Bill Fasula July 11, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Debating about spending money while U.S. troops are being killed is ludicrous. Why doesn't the news media give the same coverage to the troops being killed it did while Bush was president. Monday six American soldiers were killed and the local papers either didn't print it or buried it.
DisgruntledInClinton July 11, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Has our SOS Hillary accomplished anything? I mean, other than unilaterally giving the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt hundreds of millions of our tax dollars? Really, I can't think of one accomplishment to attribute to her.

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