A train carrying non-lethal supplies for the U.S. military in Afghanistan has left the Latvian port city of Riga Feb. 19, RIA Novosti reported, citing a source in the port administration. The shipment will cross Russia and likely go through Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan before entering Afghanistan. Russia and NATO signed an agreement on the transit of non-military cargos along the "northern corridor" in April 2008, and a subsequent Russia-U.S. deal was signed in January.The complete article is here.
We are shipping things like foot and fuel and spare parts destined for Afghanistan. The materiel travels across the Atlantic Ocean and into the Baltic Sea, by ship, and then by train for a couple of thousand miles, through Russia, into Afghanistan. That is quite a trek. That is a lot of supplies.
I saw somewhere recently that it costs $750,000 to station one person in Iraq or Afghanistan. I discounted the number, but when you consider having to ship things all the way to Afghanistan, overland for a couple of thousand miles, it makes you wonder. We are spending billions on those two wars. And, our number of troops "in country" is relatively low, at least compared to other wars we have fought overseas. But, it is still expensive, at least from a logistics points of view.
Regards -- Cliff