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Afghanistan: Pay for it or charge it?

That will be one question that legislators will debate if the president, as expected, increases troops on the ground in Afghanistan.

By Jeanne Sahadi, CNNMoney.com senior writer

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- War is expensive, and it's about to get more so if the U.S. government escalates its military efforts in Afghanistan.

President Obama is set to announce his strategy next week. And the question of cost hovers in the background of the difficult decision he faces.

Over the past eight years, the nearly $1 trillion cost of the military's efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan was essentially charged to the national credit card.

Will it be different this time?