President Obama's Escalations in Afghanistan Far Exceed Troop Increases Discussed in Campaign

President Obama's latest escalation exceeds the increase contemplated in his campaign speeches by almost 20,000 troops.

And that's just his latest escalation.

During the campaign, he said he'd send around 12,000 troops. So far, he's sent 50,000. Each of these troops will cost taxpayers in the U.S. $1 million per year.

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ZP Heller is the editorial director of Brave New Films. He has written for The American Prospect, AlterNet, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Huffington Post, covering everything from politics to pop culture.