Afghanistan is a place where historically outsiders have not done so well. The Greeks. The Brits. The Soviets. Now us. Each empire has gotten bogged down in the dusty land. The jagged mountains and the opium filled valleys have proven a trap for the biggest and the baddest for centuries. We continue to spin our wheels.
(From The Daily Caller)
Americans have spent $113 billion rebuilding Afghanistan, more than the U.S. spent rebuilding Europe after World War II, adjusted for inflation, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.
Corruption has long been “one of the most serious threats to the U.S.-funded Afghanistan reconstruction effort,” and it isn’t improving, but the U.S. “continues to operate without a comprehensive overall strategy for coordinating and executing effective measures to reduce the malign influence of corruption in Afghan society,” the IG said.
And we’ve spent a lot more than $113 billion doing things other than “rebuilding” in Afghanistan too.
There are a lot of people in central Asia on a serious US taxpayer funded gravy train.
By the way if one is interested in the topic of Afghanistan generally I highly recommend The Hidden War, written by a Soviet journalist during the Soviet occupation. One can see echos of our Afghani experience in the Soviet one for sure. Fascinating reading.