Fed up with the price of gas? We feel your pain. Depending on what state you live in, gas is likely to be found for somewhere between three and four dollars per gallon – and make no mistake, that figure is enough to amount to a sizable chunk of the average American's monthly paycheck.

A new Pentagon report obtained by The Wall Street Journal suggests that American motorists should consider themselves lucky to have such affordable fuel: U.S. military operations stationed in Afghanistan are paying a lot more than that... up to $400 per gallon of fuel delivered to troops on the ground – 100 times what we are asked to shell out. Yikes.

The astronomical cost of fuel is due in part to how it must be delivered: by parachute. Huge military cargo planes operated by the Air Force fly to a remote drop zone and send dozens of pallets to the ground, containing items like food, water and, of course, fuel.

There's more bad news. Due to the dangers of setting up ground-based supply convoys, the military fully expects that air-drops will be increasingly necessary in the coming months and years. And that means our military's fuel bill is only going to get more and more expensive.

Check out a couple of video reports explaining the issue after the break.






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      bman78
      • 3 Years Ago
      i need to sell gas to the army!
      Making11s
      • 3 Years Ago
      We're doing it wrong. Time to come home and stay home until we find a better way to do this whole "war" thing.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      What's not covered is that pretty much all of our involvement in the middle east has been based around oil. I have friends in the military who have had 'missions' to protect oil fields etc out there.. ( ??!?! ). Look up the gulf war on wikipedia, read about the other wars online as well from a neutral source. Put the pieces together and you will realize that decades of meddling in the middle east is just a big oil subsidy that keeps the spice flowing at the expense of our young men's lives and the security of our country. So what does our oil *really* cost here in the united states? consider that around 1/4th of our federal budget is military spending and we've been dumping $ into the middle east since the 1970's. Just sayin..
        Al Terego
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        Afghanistan is nowhere near the Middle-East but rather an Asian country. As for the perception that it is oil-laden, that's not true either. Minerals are its major resource for export.
      You guy
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is such a crock of sh** I don't know where to begin. The military HIDES nefarious spending with reports like this.
      You guy
      • 3 Years Ago
      We got bin Laden. Why are we still there again?
        Daniel D
        • 3 Years Ago
        @You guy
        Because entering a country, upturning its government and sovereignty and then leaving after killing someone you don't like, is called an invasion. That makes the USA the next USSR for the world to deal with and clean up. Seriously think about it. I'm an Aussie and we have our guys over there too, which I'm not thrilled about, but this is a UN sanctioned action that the US wanted and pushed for, so the US has to finish it right. The alternative is to demilitarise and stay out of world affairs. Maybe thats a good option, but whatever the case, you can't have simplistic answers to problems of your own countries making.
      peter1dav
      • 3 Years Ago
      Anyone still remember what they are doing there? Looking for Saddam's weapons of mass destruction?
      AmesTiedeman
      • 3 Years Ago
      What a waste. A war that will never end and lives and money lost forever..
      speedjohn
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, it must be good to be a war profiteer. Let's send some more kids over there to get slaughtered and burn through money.
      1SlowM5
      • 3 Years Ago
      Apparently they forgot who 'really' is paying for it!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @1SlowM5
        [blocked]
        dukeisduke
        • 3 Years Ago
        @1SlowM5
        Well, it's not like they have to worry about terrorists blowing up convoys carrying it. /
      The Calligrapher
      • 3 Years Ago
      LOL! Pentagon pays $400 for gas in Afghanistan? How old are you? Eight? Nine? Pentagon pays, I'd guess, about $1 per gallon for gas in Afghanistan, if not less. Anyone who doesn't like the price gets shot (as if any of us have any illusions about how US regime operates in Afghanistan). The rest of the money go into the pockets of various "haliburtons", "mccains" and other GOP criminals. Make no mistake, the money are, of course, pumped out of the pockets of the US taxpayer. But only a kindergarten kids might believe that any notable percentage of this money is actually used for any actual payments, be that gas or anything else. The US taxpayers money gets stolen by GOP criminals. Stolen directly and immediately, without any tricky schemes and without any attempt to conceal the theft. They simply don't see the reason to conceal it. They just grab it and stuff it in their pockets, laughing. LOL! Pentagon pays $400 for gas...
        tritonstrategies
        • 3 Years Ago
        @The Calligrapher
        Did you even read the story or are you just all about D-bag anti-government comments? The story CLEARLY states that the cost is in the method of delivery and not the cost of a gallon of gas.
        Basil Exposition
        • 3 Years Ago
        @The Calligrapher
        Someone call the asylum, this nutcase is not supposed to have internet access per his treatment plan.
        Sukairain
        • 3 Years Ago
        @The Calligrapher
        Did you catch that from the O'RLY Factor? I take it middle east is a place where you stick a slurpee straw in the sand and refined gasoline comes out of the ground. Voila~ Sure there are a bunch of private contractors getting fat wallet over there, but to the war out to be a thieving ring by a specific political group is pretty insane.
          lasertekk
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Sukairain
          Halliburton, you are being paged.
        The Calligrapher
        • 3 Years Ago
        @The Calligrapher
        Oh, that's actually WSJ... :) Mr. Murdoch apparently feels he's got to give something "back" to the society for our money :) So, as usual he gives us a typical piece of his brownshirt garbage.
      thedriveatfive
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wait wasent the president elected based on the proposition that he would pull us out of the wars? Why are we still there?
        Rick C.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @thedriveatfive
        Ah, we've begun the pull-out on Iraq, and will Bin Laden dead, that dreaded landscape shouldn't be that far behind.
      JGM038
      • 3 Years Ago
      Liberals amd those who have never been to afghanistan will write this off as GOP and war mongerers stealing money..not the case at all...alls you have to do is look at a map to realize astan is a landlockes country...do a little further research and youll find out that just because its in the middle east (actually in asia..part of it borders china bet you didnt know that) doesnt mean it has vast oil reserves... next- turn off cnn get off the couch and actually serve like me and many of my brothers did - go to afghanistan and see for yourself why it costs so much. Notonly do they do air drops like the article mentions...but even more of it is transported via ground by truckers from afghanistan and neighboring countries.. these guys have to paid and after the costs of paying for repairs to their old ass MAN jingle trucks and having to bribetheir way totheir destination - they really are not pocketing much.
        krische
        • 3 Years Ago
        @JGM038
        I don't anyone is saying that it shouldn't cost that much to transport fuel to Afghanistan. I think more people just think the reason for still being over there is what is wrong. If you end the war, you end the millions of dollars in spending.
        JGM038
        • 3 Years Ago
        @JGM038
        Also figure in the fact.that everything on our fobs is run off of generators...which run off of jp8 lol..
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