Among The Costs Of War

A/C:

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

Why so much?

To power an air conditioner at a remote outpost in land-locked Afghanistan, a gallon of fuel has to be shipped into Karachi, Pakistan, then driven 800 miles over 18 days to Afghanistan on roads that are sometimes little more than "improved goat trails," Anderson says. "And you've got risks that are associated with moving the fuel almost every mile of the way."