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When you look at some of the break down costs of war, guess what you find? Among The Costs Of War: $20B In Air Conditioning The amount the U.S. military spends annually on air conditioning in Iraq and Afghanistan: $20.2 billion.

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When you look at some of the break down costs of war, guess what you find? Among The Costs Of War: $20B In Air Conditioning

The amount the U.S. military spends annually on air conditioning in Iraq and Afghanistan: $20.2 billion.

That's more than NASA's budget. It's more than BP has paid so far for damage during the Gulf oil spill. It's what the G-8 has pledged to help foster new democracies in Egypt and Tunisia.

"When you consider the cost to deliver the fuel to some of the most isolated places in the world — escorting, command and control, medevac support — when you throw all that infrastructure in, we're talking over $20 billion," Steven Anderson tells weekends on All Things Considered guest host Rachel Martin. Anderson is a retired brigadier general who served as Gen. David Patreaus' chief logistician in Iraq.

Atrios writes: Better to cut food stamps.

It really is sickening to hear politicians debate benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, programs that are so vital to the lives of seniors in our country, than to even hint at cutting back on the Military Industrial Complex's hog trough. See, that wouldn't be serious and adult enough for the Villagers.

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