For today's column offering my two cents on the ongoing costs of U.S. wars, I checked in with our two U.S. Sens. -- Bob Casey, who serves on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Pat Toomey, who visited Afghanistan in January.
Casey has been active in efforts to reduce IEDs (improvised explosive devices) responsibile for so many deaths of U.S. soldiers and civilians.
He sought cooperation in reducing the influx of ammonium nitrate, the key component in IED's, to war zones. And last month, following a report from the Government Accountability Office (assuming there is any accountability anywhere in government), he pressed for answers on what the office called ineffective efforts to reduce the devices.
A Casey spokesman tells me the senator thinks the Obama administration "could be doing more" to push Pakistan to target ammonium nitrate factories and border crossings into Afghanistan. The spokesman also called Casey's progress only "incremental...the flow of ammonium nitrate isn't slowing."